Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2011-049A
SATCAT no.37809
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerOrbital Sciences Corporation
Launch mass3200 kg
Power5000 watts
Start of mission
Launch date21 September 2011,
21:38:00 UTC [1]
RocketAriane 5 ECA VA204
Launch siteKourou, ELA-3
Entered service27 October 2011
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [2]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude87° West (2011-present)
Band24 C-band
24 Ku-band
Coverage areaNorth America, Latin America and the Caribbean

SES-2 is a communications satellite operated by SES World Skies. It was launched alongside the Arabsat-5C satellite.


The platform is home to the first hosted payload, a mechanism by which governmental entities can fly modules on commercial satellites.[3][4][5] It carries 24 active C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz capacity. Six of the channels in each band can be cross-strapped to the opposite band, enabling new service capability. The SES 2 satellite generates approximately 5.0 kW of payload power and has two 2.3 m deployable reflectors.[6]

It also carries the Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) for the U.S. Air Force. CHIRP demonstrates infrared detection technologies from geosynchronous orbit for missile warning applications.[6]


SES 2, a communications satellite, was launched on 21 September 2011 from Centre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou at 21:38:00 UTC by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. The satellite weighed 3200 kg and join four other Orbital Sciences-built spacecraft in the SES fleet to provide service for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is stationed at 87° West longitude.[6]


It entered into commercial service on 27 October 2011 in the 87° West orbital location.[7]

This satellite is used to transmit the updating Othernet archive to the small lightweight Othernet receiver stations designed to eventually provide news, weather, educational and other media to communities with no access to the internet.[8]


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  2. ^ "SES-2: Trajectory 2011-049A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Spaceflight Now - Breaking News - Money-saving missile detection sensor powered on".
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "SES 2 at 87.0°W - LyngSat".
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