The satellite was launched on Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and separated from the second stage of the SpaceX rocket 31 minutes later after blast-off.
SES-9 is due to start its services in the third quarter of this year and will be SES’s largest satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. It will be co-located with SES-7 at the orbital location of 108.2 degrees East and will replace NSS-11 at that position.
The new satellite’s 57 Ku-band transponders will provide expanded capacity to the growing video, enterprise, mobility and government sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, according to SES.
“SES-9 is an important building block in our strategy to grow in dynamic regions and four prime sectors – video, enterprise, mobility and government,” said SES’s chief technology officer, Martin Halliwell.
“Co-located with SES-7, the new satellite will reach 22 million TV homes and is designed to deliver high-performing connectivity to homes, enterprises and institutions across Asia.”