Mission typeCommunication
OperatorSES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
COSPAR ID2009-027A
SATCAT no.34941
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerBoeing Satellite Systems
Start of mission
Launch date16 May 2009, 00:57:38 UTC[1]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude108.2° East
Band27 Ku-band
13 S-band
Coverage areaIndonesia, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia

SES-7 (formerly known as ProtoStar 2 / Indostar 2) is a commercial communication satellite operated by SES World Skies, then SES S.A.


ProtoStar 2 is a geosynchronous communications satellite built by Boeing. It is a BSS-601HP spacecraft bus. On 15 November 2002, PanAmSat terminated its contract with Boeing Satellite Systems for the almost-completed Galaxy-8iR satellite, claiming that Boeing had defaulted on the terms of the contract, and requested $72 million from Boeing to refund prior advance payments and other costs. The satellite was later converted into the ProtoStar 2 satellite, which was launched in May 2009. Late 2009, it is purchased through auction by SES S.A. for SES World Skies unit for US$180 million. The satellite was renamed SES-7 in May 2010.


Launched on 16 May 2009 at 00:57:38 UTC, since Baikonur Cosmodrome, Site 200/39 for ProtoStar Ltd by Proton-M / Briz-M rocket. Launch arranged by International Launch Services (ILS).


It is positioned at 108.2° East longitude and serve customers in Indonesia, India, Taiwan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Protostar 2 carries 13 S-band and 27 Ku-band transponders for optimized HD DTH (direct-to-home) satellite television service and broadband Internet access across the Asia-Pacific region.[2]

See also

  • "Indostar 2 / ProtoStar 2 → SES 7". Gunter's Space. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  • "Boeing Awarded Contract for Direct-to-Home Entertainment Satellite". Boeing. 14 January 2008. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  • "SES 7 Home Page". SES. Retrieved 19 June 2020.


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ ""Display: ProtoStar 2 2009-027A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.