SES World Skies

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SES WORLD SKIES
Type Private company
Industry Telecommunications
Headquarters Netherlands / United States
Products Satellite Services
Employees 169 (2007)[citation needed]
Parent SES S.A.
Website SES WORLD SKIES

SES World Skies—formerly SES New Skies, New Skies Satellites (NSS), and SES Americom—is a Dutch operator of communications spacecraft, owned by SES.

On 30 November 1998, several former Intelsat satellites were transferred to New Skies’ control. New Skies operates several satellites, as shown below, and provides global coverage. A sixth satellite — NSS-8 — was intended to enter commercial service in early-2007, but it was destroyed when its Zenit 3SL launch vehicle exploded on the launch pad, on 30 January 2007.

In December 2005 it was announced that SES Global was to purchase 100% of the company;[1] this merger was completed in March 2006. In September 2006 the name was changed from New Skies Satellites to SES NEW SKIES. In July 2008, SES announced the merger of its two international operating units, SES AMERICOM and SES NEW SKIES into a ‘new segment’ with SES NEW SKIES President and CEO Rob Bednarek as President and CEO.[2] The new segment was re-branded as SES WORLD SKIES on 7 September 2009.[3]

Satellite fleet[edit]

AMC Fleet[edit]

The satellites operated by the former SES Americom are as follows.

Satellite Location Manufacturer Model Coverage Launch
date
Launch
vehicle
Comments
Active:
AMC-1 103°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 12-14 watt
(USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada)
24 Ku band, 60watt
(USA, Southern Canada, Northern Mexico)
September 8, 1996 Atlas IIA [citation needed]
AMC-2 101°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 12-18 watt
(USA, Mexico, Canada)
24 Ku band, 60watt
(CONUS, Northern Mexico, Canada)
January 30, 1997 Ariane 44L co-located with AMC-4[citation needed]
AMC-3 87°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 12-18 watt
(USA, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean)
24 Ku band, 60watt
(USA, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean)
September 4, 1997 Atlas IIAS [citation needed]
AMC-4 101°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX 24 C-band, 20 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America)
24+4 Ku band, 110 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America)
November 13, 1999 Ariane 44LP [citation needed]
AMC-5 79°W Alcatel Space Spacebus 2000 16 Ku band, 55 watt
(CONUS, South Canada, Northern Mexico)
October 28, 1998 Ariane 44L [citation needed]
AMC-6 72°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX 24 C-band, 20 watt
(CONUS, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America)
24+4 Ku band, 110 watt
(CONUS, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America)
October 22, 2000 Proton-K/DM-2 [citation needed]
AMC-7 137°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 20 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
September 14, 2000 Ariane 5G [citation needed]
AMC-8 139°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 20 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
December 19, 2000 Ariane 5G [citation needed]
AMC-9 83°W Alcatel Space Spacebus 3000B3 24 C-band, 20 watt
(CONUS, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America)
24 Ku band, 110watt
(CONUS, Mexico)
June 7, 2003 Proton-K/Briz-M[4]
AMC-10 135°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 20 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
February 5, 2004 Atlas IIAS[5]
AMC-11 131°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 20 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
May 19, 2004 Atlas IIAS[6]
AMC-15 105°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX 24 Ku band,
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
12 Ka band,
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
October 15, 2004 Proton-M/Briz-M[7]
AMC-16 85°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX 24 Ku band,
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
12 Ka band,
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
December 17, 2004 Atlas V (521)[8]
AMC-18 105°W Lockheed Martin A2100A 24 C-band, 20 watt
(USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
December 8, 2006 Ariane 5-ECA[9] Replaced AMC-2 previously at 105°W
AMC-21 125°W Thales Alenia Space /
Orbital Sciences
STAR-2 24 Ku band, 110 watt
(USA, Southern Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
August 14, 2008 Ariane 5-ECA[10]
Satcom C3 79°W GE AstroSpace GE-3000 24+4 C-band, 110 watt
(CONUS, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)
September 10, 1992 Ariane 44LP inclined orbit[citation needed]
Failures:
AMC-14[11] 61.5°W (planned) Lockheed Martin A2100 32 Ku band, 150 watt
March 14, 2008 Proton-M/Briz-M Launch failure[12]

(former) NSS Fleet[edit]

Satellite Location Manufacturer Model Coverage Launch date Launch vehicle Comments
Active:
NSS-5 57° E Lockheed Martin AS-7000 52 C-band
(Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia)
12 Ku band
(Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia)
September 23, 1997 [citation needed] Formerly known as NSS-803. Moved from 183° E to 57° E to cover NSS-703's service area until NSS-12 launches Q3, 2009. Moved to 338° E and then 340° E as part of a swapout plan with NSS-7 and SES-4 that was to be completed by June 2012.
NSS-6 95° E Lockheed Martin A2100AX 60 Ku band
(Middle East, Southern Africa,Indian Subcontinent, North East and South East Asia, China and Australia)
December 17, 2002 [citation needed]
NSS-7 22.0° W Lockheed Martin A2100AX 49 C-band
(the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East)
48 Ku band
(the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East)
16 April 2002 [citation needed]
NSS-703 57° E Space Systems/Loral LS-1300 6 October 1994 Traffic moved to NSS-12, January 2010[13]
NSS-806 40.5° W Lockheed Martin AS-7000 27 February 1998
NSS-9 177° W Orbital Sciences STAR 2.[14] 12 February 2009 Ariane 5 flight V-187[15]
NSS-10 37.5° W Spacebus 4000C3 3 February 2005 Proton-M/Briz-M[16] Formerly known as AMC-12/Astra 4A[17]
NSS-11 108.2° E Lockheed Martin A2100AX 1 October 2000 Formerly known as AAP-1[17]
NSS-12 57° E Space Systems/Loral FS-1300 29 October 2009 Ariane 5 ECA[18]
Retired:
NSS-513 177°W Ford Aerospace 18 May 1988 Decommissioned
NSS-K 21.5° W, then 183° E Lockheed Martin AS-5000 9 June 1992 Decommissioned
NSS-8 Planned: 57° E Boeing BSS-702 30 January 2007 Zenit 3SL Rocket exploded on pad[19]

SES Fleet[edit]

Satellite Location Manufacturer Model Coverage Launch
date
Launch
vehicle
Comments
Active:
SES-1 101°W Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 24 C-band,
(USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, Central America)
24 Ku band,
(USA, Southern Canada, Northern Mexico)
24 April 2010 Proton-M/Briz-M[20] Replaced AMC-2,AMC-4 previously at 101°W[citation needed]
SES-2 87°W Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 24 C-band,
(USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, Central America)
24 Ku band,
(USA, Southern Canada, Northern Mexico)
21 September 2011 Ariane 5-ECA
SES-3 103°W Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 24 C-band,
(USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, Central America)
24 Ku band,
(USA, Southern Canada, Northern Mexico)
15 July 2011 Proton-M/Briz-M [citation needed] Entering commercial service in March 2012.
SES-4 22°W Space Systems/Loral LS-1300 52 C-band, 72 Ku-band 14 February 2012 Proton-M/Briz-M Entering commercial service in April 2012. Formerly known as NSS-14.
SES-5 5°E Space Systems/Loral LS-1300 24 C-band, 36 Ku-band,
Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Features two Ku-band beams, one targeting the Nordic and Baltic regions, the other trained on sub-Saharan Africa.
10 July 2012 Proton-M/Briz-M Entering commercial service summer 2012. Formerly called Astra 4B.
SES-6 40.5°W Astrium Eurostar E3000 43 C-band, 48 Ku-band.
(North America, Latin America, Europe, Atlantic Ocean)
3 June 2013 Proton-M/Briz-M Replaced NSS-806
SES-7 108.2°E Boeing Satellite Systems Boeing 601HP 19 Ku-band.
(South Asia, Asia Pacific)
16 May 2009 Proton-M/Briz-M Formerly known as Indostar 2 / ProtoStar 2.
SES-8 95°E Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 Up to 33 Ku-band.
(South Asia, Asia Pacific)
3 December 2013, 22:41 UTC SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 First Falcon 9 launch to a geostationary orbit.[21][22]
Planned:
SES-9 108.2°E Boeing Satellite Systems Boeing 601 HP 81 Ku-band.
(South Asia, Asia Pacific)
2015 Proton-M/Briz-M It will be co-located with the SES-7 satellite.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SES GLOBAL to acquire New Skies Satellites" (Press release). SES Global. December 14, 2005. 
  2. ^ "SES To Create New Segment Encompassing Two Of Its Satellite Operating Entities" (Press release). SES S.A. July 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ "SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES Satellite Division Re-brands As SES WORLD SKIES" (Press release). SES WORLD SKIES. September 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "300th Mission Flown by Proton Vehicle" (Press release). International Launch Services. June 7, 2003. 
  5. ^ "ILS Successfully Orbits AMC-10 Satellite" (Press release). International Launch Services. February 5, 2004. 
  6. ^ "ILS Successfully Launches AMC-11 Satellite; Celebrates 5 Missions in 5 Months" (Press release). International Launch Services. May 19, 2004. 
  7. ^ "ILS Proton Launches AMC-15 Satellite; 9th Mission in 9 Months" (Press release). International Launch Services. October 15, 2004. 
  8. ^ "ILS Launches AMC-16; Wraps Up Year With 10 Mission Successes" (Press release). International Launch Services. December 17, 2004. 
  9. ^ "5 for 5 for Ariane 5 in 2006 - Successful launch of WildBlue-1 and AMC-18" (Press release). Arianespace. December 8, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Another successful Arianespace launch: Superbird-7 and AMC-21 in orbit" (Press release). Arianespace. August 14, 2008. 
  11. ^ "AMC-14 Satellite Slated for March 15 Launch" (Press release). SES AMERICOM. February 20, 2008. 
  12. ^ "ILS declares Proton launch anomaly" (Press release). International Launch Services. March 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ "NSS-12 Satellite of SES WORLD SKIES Goes Live" (Press release). SES WORLD SKIES. January 18, 2010. 
  14. ^ "NSS-9". Orbital Sciences Corporation. 
  15. ^ "First Arianespace launch of the year a success - HOT BIRD 10, NSS-9, SPIRALE A and B in orbit" (Press release). Arianespace. February 12, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Double Success: ILS Launches Payloads with Atlas and Proton on Same Day" (Press release). International Launch Services. February 3, 2005. 
  17. ^ a b "NSS-10 and NSS-11 join SES NEW SKIES fleet" (Press release). SES NEW SKIES. March 5, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Ariane 5 delivers the NSS-12 and THOR 6 television broadcast satellites on Arianespace’s sixth mission of 2009". Arianespace. October 29, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Sea Launch Experiences Anomaly during NSS-8 Launch" (Press release). Sea Launch. January 30, 2007. 
  20. ^ "ILS Proton Successfully Launches SES-1 for SES 3rd ILS Proton Mission of 2010; 5th Proton in 4 Months" (Press release). International Launch Services. April 24, 2010. 
  21. ^ "SpaceX and SES Announce SATELLITE Launch Agreement". RLV and Space Transport News. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  22. ^ Morring, Frank, Jr. (2011-03-23). "Satellite Operators Boost Launch Competition". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

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