SES has announced that it has been granted, by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), authorization to serve the US market using a significantly expanded O3b fleet in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), the company said.
The FCC grant opens significant additional frequencies to SES for use in its non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and enables it to deploy O3b mPOWER satellites into inclined and equatorial orbits, delivering full global pole-to-pole coverage. A total of 26 new O3b satellites are authorized, in addition to the 16 satellites already operational and in orbit.
The grant allows SES to add 4 satellites to its existing O3b constellation, which are scheduled for launch next year, and provides the framework for SES to triple its next-generation O3b mPOWER fleet by giving US market access for another 22 super-powered satellites, of which 7 are currently under construction and scheduled for launch starting in 2021.
The O3b mPOWER constellation will bring massive scale and flexibility to the proven O3b MEO model. The 7 O3b mPOWER MEO satellites that SES has ordered already will have more than 30,000 dynamic, electronically generated, fully shapeable and steerable beams that can be shifted and switched in real time following customers´ needs. Each satellite boasts more than 10 times the capability of the current O3b satellites with unmatched flexibility.
SES is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of over 70 satellites, of which more than 50 in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). Further information available at: www.ses.com