SES-8 now fully operational

February 3, 2014 08.48 Europe/London By Robert Briel

ses-8The SES-8 satellite has been successfully co-positioned with SESís NSS-6 satellite at the orbital location of 95 degrees East and is now fully operational to serve the Asia-Pacific region.

SES-8 was launched on December 3, 2013 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on board a SpaceX/Falcon 9 booster in SpaceXís maiden launch into geostationary transfer orbit. Since then, extensive in-orbit tests have confirmed the flawless functioning of the spacecraft.

SES-8 was manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation. The satellite features up to 33 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) and is equipped with high performance beams to support the markets in South Asia and Indo-China, as well as to provide expansion capacity for DTH, VSAT and government applications.

Through the co-location with NSS-6 at 95 degrees East, SES-8 not only provides incremental high performance capacity, notably for DTH services, but also delivers greater reliability and additional security for SESís customers at that orbital position.