|Operator||SES World Skies (2009-2011)|
SES S.A. (2011-present)
|Mission duration||15 years|
|Manufacturer||Boeing Satellite Systems|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||16 May 2009, 00:57:38 UTC|
|Rocket||Proton-M / Briz-M|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||Indonesia, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia|
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.
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.