Successful launch for SES-15, the first geostationary satellite of ITS aboard Soyuz

Arianespace managed the launch of the first satellite, hybrid HER with wide beams and capacity broadband to serve the airlines, and a payload of WAAS to increase the capabilities of the GPS

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CENTRE SPATIAL GUYANAIS, 18 May 2017 — ITS SA (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock Exchange: USGE) announced today that the satellite, SES-15 was successfully launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 08:54 local time. It is the first satellite of ITS to be launched by a Soyuz rocket for a mission to geostationary transfer orbit.

ITS-15 carries a payload of a hybrid, consisting of the wide beams in the Ku-band capacity and a type HTS (High Throughput Satellite) in the Ku-band, with connectivity to portals in the Ka-band. The first satellite, hybrid ITS will be located on the orbital position of 129 degrees west and is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (equivalent to 36 MHz) as well as building high-throughput (HTS) to serve North America, Mexico, central America and the Caribbean.

The payload throughput of SES-15 will provide an optimised coverage and flexibility to the world’s leading providers of connectivity services and in-flight entertainment, such as Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics. In addition, ITS-15 has a wide-beam, dedicated, designed to allow service providers to offer live streaming of tv content on all of the routes in flight above the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. This unique combination of beams allows service providers to make optimal use of the capacity of HTS for the Internet traffic and to cover a wide beam for the dissemination of content. The satellite will also serve the VSAT networks as well as other data applications to high-traffic in the general government sector and the maritime sector.

SES-15 will carry also a payload hosted for the WAAS system (Wide Area Augmentation System), which will allow the federal aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States to increase the capabilities of the global positioning system (GPS) with the objective to improve the accuracy, integrity, and availability of the system for the aviation sector.

The satellite is equipped with an electric propulsion system for the orbit and the orbital manoeuvres.

“The successful launch of SES-15 is the first of our three satellites hybrid, which offer both the wide beams and a capacity for high-speed. ITS-15, combined with the satellite hybrid SES-14, which will be launched soon, and our satellites already in orbit, the platform offers connectivity to flight the most resilient in North America,” said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES. “SES-15 will enable us to strengthen our ability to provide next-generation services on markets where large volumes of data, such as broadband and maritime business. ”

“HIS is a long-standing partner, and we are delighted to be a part of his important journey in the service of the markets in ever growing aerospace and data, by successfully completing the launch of ITS-15 with a Soyuz rocket,” said Stephane Israel, Chairman and ceo at Arianespace.

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