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Airbus Defence and Space’s SES-6 satellite launched

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SES-6 heads skyward

The SES-6 communications satellite, designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for satellite operator SES, has begun its journey into space. It was launched today on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 10:18 (BST).

SES-6 launch © NASA

SES-6 will enable delivery of next generation broadcast services including HD video distribution and mobile services, covering North and Latin America, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.

Based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, SES-6 is equipped with 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent).

SES-6 is the sixth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the successful launch of ASTRA 2F in September 2012. Three more Eurostar E3000 satellites for SES are currently in final integration and test in Airbus Defence and Space facilities.

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