SES Chooses 2 US Companies to Build 4 New Satellites in Accelerated C-Band Clearing Plan

SES, the provider of global content connectivity solutions, has selected two US satellite manufacturers, Northrop Grumman and the Boeing Company, to deliver four new satellites as part of the company´s accelerated C-band clearing plan to meet the Federal Communications Commission´s objectives to roll-out 5G services, the company said.

Northrop Grumman will deliver two flight-proven GeoStar-3 satellites, each equipped with a high-quality C-band payload to deliver the superior customer experience that end users are accustomed to. The two satellites — SES-18 and SES-19 — will be designed, assembled and tested in Dulles, Virginia.

The Boeing Company will deliver a pair of highly efficient all-electric 702SP satellites. The two satellites — SES-20 and SES-21 — will be manufactured and assembled in Los Angeles, California.

These four C-band only new satellites will enable SES to clear 280 MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G use while seamlessly migrating SES´s existing C-band customers. Each satellite will have 10 primary transponders of 36 MHz plus back-up tubes so they can enable the broadcast delivery of digital television to more than 120 million TV homes as well as provide critical data services.

The satellites, when launched in Q3 2022, will be positioned at 103 degrees West, 131 degrees West and 135 degrees West orbital slots. The cost of manufacturing these four satellites is part of the USD 1.6 billion investment envelope that SES has announced in May.

SES operates the world´s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. Further information is available at: www.ses.com.