ITS-14 incorporates the spectrograph ultraviolet space NASA

A payload hosted for the NASA successfully integrated the satellite made ITS

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Luxembourg, May 23, 2017 — SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock Exchange: USGE) announced today that the payload hosted GOLD (Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk) NASA has been successfully integrated on the satellite SES-14.

GOLD will use a spectrograph imager for ultraviolet to measure densities and temperatures in the thermosphere and the ionosphere of the Earth in response to the interaction Sun-Earth. Its aim is to revolutionise the understanding of the scientists of this part of the space environment and its impacts on the trail of the satellite (a force acting in the opposite direction to the direction of movement, slowing down the satellite) into low-earth orbit, and ionospheric disturbances of the transmissions from communication and navigation. GOLD will take pictures without previous temperature and compositional changes on a hemisphere.

GOLD GOLD is the result of a collaboration between several entities of the world’s leading. The Goddard space flight Center of NASA in Greenbelt, Maryland, responsible for the overall management of the NASA program, while the Florida Space Institute of the University of central Florida plays the role of principal investigator for the project. The instrument GOLD has been manufactured and will be operated by the Laboratory of atmospheric physics, and space, university of Colorado at Boulder. The satellite operator SES and its wholly owned subsidiary, SES Government Solutions to provide satellite host, mission operations and the transport of scientific data. The project has been developed in close collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space, the company that manufactures the satellite, SES-14 and SES.

ITS Government Solutions is focused exclusively on the satisfaction of the needs of satellite communications to the U.s. government and its agencies. Leveraging over four decades of experience in the market of satellite communications for the government, ITS Government Solutions offers solutions for satellite communications end-to-end, robust and secure.

“The use of a satellite host can access the space more quickly and more economically, while meeting the needs of increasingly sophisticated as today governments. Thanks to its extensive experience in projects of payload hosted, ITS is well positioned to meet these needs, ” said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES Government Solutions. “We are delighted to host GOLD, and we look forward to as it begins its important mission in space. ”

The tests and the preparation of ITS-14 and GOLD are in progress at Toulouse, in France, in anticipation of a launch in late 2017 aboard a Falcon 9 launcher from SpaceX from the Kennedy space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The satellite, SES-14 will provide a coverage on the american continent, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe to the West and North-west Africa with services to HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and services to a broad beam in the bands Ku and C. The wide beams will serve the neighborhoods for video distribution in full growth on the american continent, and will also support the services VSAT existing. The narrow beams multiple HTS Ku-band will be used for data applications with high traffic such as the services of mobile links, maritime and aeronautical.

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