Satellite operator SES is due to launch its first SES hybrid satellite, SES-15, in April.
SES-15 has arrived at the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of its planned launch next month by a Soyuz vehicle.
The satellite is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders as well as a 10 GHz high throughput payload.
The all-electric satellite will operate at the new orbital position of 129 degrees West – serving North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
It will deliver global coverage for major global IFC/IFE providers and will also enable other data applications such as government, VSAT networks and maritime.
“Designed and manufactured by Boeing, SES-15 will carry a hybrid payload, with additional Ku-band wide beams and Ku- as well as Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability,” said SES in a statement.
The satellite is the first of three planned SES hybrid wide beam and HTS satellites.
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