The satellite, which is currently being processed, will be positioned at 108.2 degrees East and provide replacement and incremental video capacity over Asia.
SES-9 will be co-located with SES-7 and will serve fast-growing markets like Indonesia and the Philippines.
“SES-9 is the latest step in the globalisation of SES’s video capabilities, and provides additional capacity to serve a range of next generation data and mobility applications in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer at SES.
“As SES’s first spacecraft to use electric propulsion, SES-9 incorporates some of the latest innovations, helping SES to reduce cost and deliver the next generation of satellite today.”
SES-9 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems and is designed to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit. It will launch on board Space X’s newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket.
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