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New Airbus Defence and Space satellite for SES

SES-6 to fuel growth for SES throughout the Americas

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by satellite operator SES World Skies to deliver a new communications satellite.

The six-tonne SES-6 satellite will provide 50% more C-band capacity for the cable community, and retain the unique capability to distribute content between the Americas and Europe on the same high powered beam. In addition, SES-6 will offer a substantial upgrade to Ku-band capacity in the region with dedicated high power beams, plus an innovative payload to support mobile maritime and aeronautical services. The satellite will be based on a Eurostar E3000 platform, the latest version of Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar series which has proven highly reliable in commercial service.

This latest order from SES comes on top of the contract for four satellites awarded to Airbus Defence and Space just six months ago, and positions Airbus Defence and Space as the key supplier for SES’ two main operating divisions in America and Europe.

SES-6 is expected to be launched in early 2013 and will have a design life of 15 years.

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