SES-17

Summary

SES-17
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorSES
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSES-17
Spacecraft typeSpacebus NEO
BusSpacebus Neo
ManufacturerThales Alenia Space
Launch mass6000 kg
Power15 kW
Start of mission
Launch date2021
RocketAriane 5
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou
ContractorArianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Transponders
Band~200 Ka band
Coverage areaNorth America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean
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SES-17, is a high throughput geostationary communications satellite to be operated by SES and to be designed and manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the all electric Spacebus Neo platform.

Satellite description

SES-17 is based on the three axis stabilised Spacebus Neo satellite bus. It will mass around 6,000 kilograms (13,000 lb), produce 15 kW of power and have a design life of 15 years.[1][2]

As all Spacebus Neo, it will use electric propulsion exclusively for both orbit raising and station keeping.[2]

It will have around 200 Ka band spot-beams to offer coverage over North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean mainly for aircraft connectivity. It will be SES's first pure Ka band satellite in the geostationary orbit and is expected to be launched on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket in H1 2021.[3][4][5]

History

On 12 September 2016, SES S.A. ordered its first Ka band high throughput satellite, SES-17, from Thales Alenia Space. It was to be built on the Spacebus Neo platform, weight 6,000 kilograms (13,000 lb), produce 15 kW of power and have a design life of 15 years. It would offer aviation connectivity services over North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean and was expected to launch in 2021. Its anchor customer was going to be FlytLIVE by Thales, which would be operation since 2017 thanks to the use of other SES satellites on orbit.[2][4] The project cost was expected to be around US500 million dollars.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (12 September 2016). "SES 17". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "SES orders high throughput satellite from Thales with first secured anchor customer for inflight connectivity". SES S.A. 12 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ "SES selects Arianespace for launch of SES-17". Arianespace. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Thales and SES deliver the most efficient Ka-HTS aviation connectivity solution over the Americas". Thales Alenia Space. 12 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b "SES enters Ka-band airline connectivity market with Thales Avionics as customer". Space News. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.