Airbus Defence and Space signs a new satellite contract with SES

Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract with SES for the design and construction of the latest addition to its fleet, the SES-10. The new satellite will be based on the Eurostar E3000 platform.

“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.

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.

SES-10 is the 10th satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space to use electrical propulsion for station-keeping.

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