Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract with SES one of the world’s leading satellite operators, for the design and construction of the latest addition to its fleet, the SES-10. The new satellite will be based on the ultra-reliable Eurostar E3000 platform and stationed over Latin America.
“This new contract is a significant win for Airbus Defence and Space and further reinforces our long-standing relationship with SES, which has today asked us to build their 10th Eurostar satellite,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems.
Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, stated: “We are pleased to work once again with our longstanding supplier Airbus Defence and Space on the SES-10 mission. SES-10 will provide our customers in Latin America with fresh, high power satellite capacity for multiple applications at an established orbital slot.”
SES-10 will be placed in geostationary orbit at 67° West, where it will provide SES with additional capacity for direct-to-home TV broadcasting and other telecommunication services for Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America. It will carry a payload of 50 high-power Ku-band transponders.
SES-10 will be equipped with a dual chemical and electrical propulsion system. At launch, it will have a mass of 5,300 kg and an electrical power of 13 kW. The satellite will also be equipped with flexible, frequency-agile remote-control receivers, making for a more robust satellite operations ground control link. It is designed for a nominal in-orbit life of more than 15 years.