SES-9 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED ON SPACEX’S FALCON 9

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Monday, 07 March 2016 14:28

LUXEMBOURG/CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, 4 March 2016 -- SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext
Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that its SES-9 satellite was
successfully launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Florida. SES-9 roared into space at 6:35 pm East Coast time 00:35 am on 5
March Central European Time and separated from the second stage of the SpaceX rocket 31
minutes later.
SES-9 uses a chemical bi-propellant thruster to conduct major post-launch manoeuvers,
completing its journey to its orbit at 36,000 kilometers above the Equator with an electric
propulsion system. The on-orbit maneuvering throughout the 15 year nominal lifetime of the
satellite will be done entirely by electric propulsion. SES-9 is planned to commence its services
in the third quarter of this year.
SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. It weighed 5.3 tonnes at the
launch and has 57 high-power Ku-band transponders – equivalent to 81x36 MHz transponders’
It thus provides significant expansion capacity to serve the buoyant and fast-growing video,
enterprise, mobility and government sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia
and the Philippines. SES-9 will be co-located with another SES satellite, SES-7, at the prime
orbital location of 108.2 degrees East, and will replace the NSS-11 spacecraft at that position.
SES-9 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems International.
“SES-9 is an important building block in our strategy to grow in dynamic regions and four prime
sectors -- video, enterprise, mobility and government,” said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology
Officer of SES. “Co-located with SES-7, the new satellite will reach 22 million TV homes and is
designed to deliver high-performing connectivity to homes, enterprises and institutions across
Asia. With its dedicated mobility beams, it will help us to capture new opportunities in the
buoyant markets for maritime and aeronautical connectivity. The successful launch of SES-9
also takes us an important step further in our excellent relationship with SpaceX as a launch
provider of growing importance, and is further proof of SpaceX’s professionalism and impressive
performance. I congratulate the SpaceX and SES teams, who together have done an excellent
job.”
More information on the launch and the spacecraft:
SES factsheet: www.ses.com/ses-9-factsheet
SpaceX factsheet: http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/spacex_ses9_press_kit_final.pdf

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