SES-12 Arrives at Cape Canaveral for SpaceX LaunchThursday, 12 April 2018 21:49
SES-12, which has both traditional wide beams and high throughput capabilities, will meet diverse needs of fixed data, mobility, government and video customers across Asia-Pacific
Luxembourg, 12 April 2018 – The SES-12 spacecraft has arrived safely at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in preparation for launch on board a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
SES-12, which is uniquely designed with both state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to serve SES video and data customers across the Asia-Pacific region. It will replace and augment services currently provided on NSS-6.
Like SES-14 and SES-15, which serve the Americas, SES-12’s high throughput capabilities are SES’s answer to soaring connectivity demand in the aeronautical and maritime segments in the Asia-Pacific region. SES-12 will also be pivotal in enabling governments that want to roll out connectivity programmes to bridge the digital divide and in allowing telcos, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more reliable cellular backhaul and broadband services.
Together with SES-8, SES-12 will reach 18 million TV homes from its 95°E orbital position, and will provide pay-TV operators the reliability and scalability to deliver high-quality and immersive viewing experiences and address the ever-increasing audience demand for High Definition (HD) and Ultra HD content.
With six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams, SES-12 is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever procured. The spacecraft also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that increases payload flexibility to provide much more customised bandwidth solutions to SES's customers. The all-electric SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space, and will rely fully on electric propulsion for orbit raising and subsequent in-orbit manoeuvres.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, “SES-12 was built to meet the dynamic needs of our customers across the Asia-Pacific region, and to empower them to capture massive growth opportunities in their markets. When co-located with SES-8, it will provide incremental high performance capacity and offer greater reliability and flexibility to our video and data customers.”
The SES-12 spacecraft will join SES’s network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 MEO satellites in the Asia-Pacific region to provide unparalleled coverage to over 20 countries.
SES ENHANCES QUALITY OF HEALTHCARE IN THE PHILIPPINES THROUGH SATMED E-HEALTH PLATFORMFriday, 22 July 2016 11:24
The world-leading satellite operator SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and non-governmental organisation (NGO) German Doctors announced today the launch of satellite-based e-health platform SATMED in the Philippines. The SATMED solution was deployed at the German Doctors’ hospital in Buda, Marilog District, Davao.
SATMED will allow German Doctors to enhance healthcare provision and deliver accessible e- health services to remote communities on the island of Mindanao. German Doctors is one of the partner NGOs of SATMED during the ongoing pilot phase. SATMED can improve public health in developing countries by enabling multiple medical applications and tools integrated on a single platform over satellite broadband services.
The solution was developed by SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, and is funded by the Luxembourg Government. The new SATMED solution deployed in Central Mindanao will enable German Doctors to provide better quality healthcare services when they visit remote villages. Using SATMED, teams can use portable devices such as tablets to collect the patients’ data. The data collected is then processed, aggregated and synchronised securely on SATMED’s cloud platform.
SATMED’s text messaging functionality will allow doctors to keep tabs on large groups of patients living in remote villages, whose main form of contact with the outside SATMED will enable German Doctors to communicate with doctors and medical experts around the world via video conferencing.
“More than 200,000 people are living within the catchment area of the Buda Community Health Care Centre – about half of those coming from the indigenous population, who often have no access to medical care and whose lives are below the poverty line. German Doctors is committed to improving healthcare services for local communities, but poor terrestrial connectivity in rural locations poses obstacles in analysing and monitoring our patients’ health problems, accessing their medical records, providing follow up of care, and managing other areas of our outreach,” said Dietmar Schug Managing Director of German Doctors.
“SATMED and its suite of medical applications opens up healthcare possibilities and boosts our efforts in making accessible, quality healthcare a reality for these remote “The implementation of SATMED – through satellite connectivity – makes digital imaging, e-learning and consultation, and other e-health solutions, available to the local medical community,” said Glen Tindall, Vice President of Sales, Asia-Pacific at SES. “Just as German Doctors’ work in Mindanao is vital to the local population, so is connectivity to the provision of quality healthcare, and we are proud to support German Doctors in bringing these much-needed health services closer to patients in rural locations.”
SES-9 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED ON SPACEX’S FALCON 9Monday, 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
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
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