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SES swaps SES-12 and SES-14 satellite launches

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SES has changed the launch vehicles and launch slots for its new SES-12 and SES-14 satellites.

Under the new agreements, SES-12 will be launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from SpaceX in the first quarter of 2018, while SES-14 will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket early the same quarter.

“The swap of launches will enable SES to improve service quality and continuity for its customers. Both SES-12 and SES-14 are using electric propulsion for orbit-raising and will enter into service some four to six months after launch,” said SES in a statement.

SES-14 will be positioned at 47.5° West. Its C-band payload will support its cable neighbourhood in Latin America while its Ku-band capacity will cover the Americas and the North Atlantic Region.

SES-12 will be positioned at 95° East and provide direct-to-home broadcasting, VSAT, mobility and HTS data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.