|Mission duration||15 years|
|Launch mass||6,010 kilograms (13,250 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||3 June 2013, 09:18:31UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 200/39|
|Perigee||35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)|
|Apogee||35,804 kilometres (22,248 mi)|
|Epoch||8 November 2013, 02:13:51 UTC|
|Coverage area||North America
The SES-6 satellite replaces the aging NSS 806 (launched in February 1998 as Intelsat 806). It is nearly twice as large as NSS-806, with two C-band beams and three for the Ku-band. The C-band beams cover the east Atlantic (Europe, North Africa) and west Atlantic (USA, Mexico, South America). The Ku-band beams cover east Atlantic (Europe, Iceland, Greenland), west Atlantic (Greenland, east USA, east Canada) and Brazil.
In Ku-band, SES-6 will support DTH platforms, VSAT services and government digital inclusion programmes throughout Latin America. The C-band payload will offer 50% more C-band capacity for the cable community, and retain the capability to distribute content between the Americas and Europe on the same high powered beam.
Following the launch, SES announced a long-term capacity agreement to provide a new direct to home (DTH) platform in Brazil with Brazilian telecommunication group Oi, which would becomes the largest user of the new satellite.
- SES (satellite operator)
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