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Help 50th SES SPACECRAFT IN ORBIT AFTER SUCCESSFUL ILS PROTON LAUNCH
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SES-4 to provide new capacity to the Americas, Europe, Africa,and the Middle East

Baikonur, Kazakhstan and Luxembourg – February 15th, 2012 – SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the SES-4 satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster today at 1:36 am Baikonur time (20:36 CET and 14:36 EST on February 14th, 2012). After a 9-hour, 12-minute mission, the Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket successfully released the SES-4 satellite directly into geostationary transfer orbit.

SES-4 is a 20-kilowatt satellite manufactured on the flight-proven Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform with 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders. It has C-band beams serving the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa, full coverage of the Americas, and a global beam to support mobile and maritime customers. Four high-power, regional Ku-band beams provide service to Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, as well as North and South America with extensive channel switching capability between C- and Ku-band transponders for enhanced connectivity.

SES-4 is the 50th satellite in the global SES fleet and also the largest, most powerful SES satellite to date. It will replace the NSS-7 satellite at 338 degrees East longitude and provide replacement as well as incremental capacity at this well established SES orbital slot over the Atlantic Ocean.
Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, declared: "SES is delighted to see the 50th satellite in its fleet successfully launched after two unfortunate Proton-related launch delays. We thank the launch teams of Space Systems/Loral, ILS, Khrunichev and SES for their dedicated work. Their relentless efforts ensured ultimately a total success. After thorough in-orbit testing, SES and its customers can now look forward to SES-4 providing new, state-of-the-art satellite capacity across three continents."
"With today's successful launch of SES-4, we marked several more milestones with our longtime customer SES, including the 20th SES satellite launched on ILS Proton and the 50th satellite in the SES fleet. It is also our 70th ILS Proton launch since the first launch with SES' ASTRA 1F satellite in 1996. It is an honor for ILS and Khrunichev to be entrusted with launching the powerful SES-4 satellite and all of the past and upcoming ILS Proton missions for SES," said ILS President, Frank McKenna.
John Celli, President of Space Systems/Loral, stated: "I would like to congratulate SES, ILS and Khrunichev on this successful launch and to recognize the teams from all of our companies who have worked so hard to assure a perfect launch. Space Systems/Loral is very pleased to help support SES' fleet expansion and its ability to provide communications services across the world."
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Good News!!!! So SES succeeded in SES4 mission although it got delayed for some time...
Here is another article on the same from spacenews.com

Long-delayed SES-4 Launched Successfully

PARIS — An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton rocket on Feb. 15 successfully placed the large SES-4 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit in a launch that had been delayed by nearly three months following a Proton failure in August and two subsequent launcher-related delays, ILS and satellite fleet operator SES announced.

Weighing 6,180 kilograms and carrying 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders, SES-4 will be the biggest satellite in Luxembourg-based SES’s 50-satellite fleet. It will operate at 22 degrees west longitude, over the Atlantic Ocean, to replace existing SES capacity there and to add new coverage of North and South America, Europe and Africa.

SES-4 is also equipped with four regional Ku-band spot beams to focus capacity on Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and the Americas, SES said. The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., is designed to provide 20 kilowatts of power to its payload at the end of a scheduled 15-year service life.

Operating from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Proton rocket and its Breeze M upper stage placed SES-4 into its intended transfer orbit nine hours and 12 minutes after liftoff.

SES, which is in the middle of its biggest satellite replacement and expansion program, said its next launch will occur by June, when the SES-5 satellite is scheduled to be placed into orbit, also by an ILS Proton vehicle.
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so which dth operator will be most happy for this satellite
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@Subho, this sat covers US, europe and ME only. So none of d indian Dth can get benefit out of it....
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