SES-6 readied for launch in June
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 08-05-2013
Satellite operator SES has announced that its SES-6 satellite has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where it is now being processed for launch on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket.
The lift-off is scheduled for 3.18pm local time on 3 June 2013 (11.18am CET).
SES-6, which is to cover the Americas, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean, was built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France, and is equipped with 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders (36MHz equivalent).
It will enable the delivery of next-generation broadcast services, including HD video distribution and mobile services, from its 40.5° West location.
SES-6 will replace the existing NSS-806 satellite at 40.5° West. The spacecraft will be the sixth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the launch of Astra 2F in September 2012.