SES-4 satellite launch scheduled for February 15
15.03 Europe/London, February 7, 2012 By Robert Briel
ILS has re-scheduled the SES-4 satellite launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket for 1:36 am local time on February 15, 2012 (February 14, 2012 at 20:36 CET)
The SES-4 satellite was originally scheduled for a launch on December 27, 2011, but was called off just hours before take-off due to “technical problems”.
SES-4 is a 20-kilowatt satellite with 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders. It has C-band beams serving the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa, full coverage of the Americas, and a global beam to support mobile and maritime customers.
Four high-power, regional Ku-band beams will provide service to Europe, the Middle East, West Africa as well as North and South America with extensive channel switching capability between C- and Ku-band transponders for enhanced connectivity. The new satellite is based on the flight-proven Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform and designed to deliver services for 15 years or more.
SES-4 will be the 50th satellite in the global SES fleet and will also be the largest, most powerful SES satellite. It will replace the NSS-7 satellite at 338 degrees East longitude and provide increased capacity at this well established SES orbital slot.
In North America, the live broadcast of the launch will be available on the SES-2 satellite at 87 degrees West, C21, on 4,120.00 MHz/H.
In Europe, the broadcast of the launch via ASTRA satellite is available at the orbital position 23.5 degrees East, on 12,168.00 MHz/V.
A webcast is available via www.ilslaunch.com. The video transmission of the launch of SES-4 will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff.