CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SES today announced that the SES-20 and SES-21 satellites have been successfully launched into space by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, United States, at 5:36 p.m. local time on Tuesday, October 4.
The two C-band satellites will allow SES to continue to deliver television and radio to millions of US homes and provide other critical network communications services. SES-20 and SES-21 will operate in the 103 degrees West and 131 degrees West orbital slots respectively and are scheduled to begin operations in November 2022.
These launches are part of a larger Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to free up some C-band spectrum for wireless carriers to deploy 5G services across the contiguous United States (CONUS). . In response to this FCC mandate, satellite operators such as SES are required to upgrade their existing services from the lower 300 MHz to the upper 200 MHz of C-band spectrum to make room for 5G.
SES-20 and SES-21 are the second and third C-band satellites that SES has launched as part of its effort to free up the lower 300 MHz of C-band spectrum in the United States by December 2023 while maintaining uninterrupted services. SES-22 was the first C-band satellite to be launched on June 29, 2022.
“The successful launch of SES-20 and SES-21 will allow us to help our customers bring high-quality sports and entertainment to tens of millions of American homes while delivering on our promise to reallocate spectrum to enable American leadership. in 5G,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “The second phase of our US C-band compensation business is well underway and we are grateful for the hard work of our partners at Boeing and ULA. »
“We are excited to support our business partner SES in its efforts to transition to C-band to meet the FCC’s goal of rolling out 5G service across the United States. Their mission aligns with our mission to connect the world and these capabilities will enable uninterrupted business services to many Americans. said Gary Wentz, ULA’s vice president of government and business programs. “The Atlas V delivered the satellites precisely into a near geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles (35,888 km) above the equator. Thank you to the ULA team and our partners for ensuring the success of this in-orbit multi-payload mission.
“Our unique dual-launch configuration has succeeded in this mission again,” said Ryan Reid, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “This, coupled with ULA Atlas V’s ability to reach an advantageous orbit, enables SES to bring these satellites into service within weeks. We appreciate the trust SES places in our industry team to make this happen.
More information about the SES-20 and SES-21 satellites can be found on the Boeing and ULA websites, as well as on SES C-band in the US Newsroom.
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SES has a bold vision to deliver incredible experiences anywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As a global leader in content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit satellite constellation offering a unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the world-proven low-latency O3b Medium Earth Orbit system. trade. By leveraging a large, intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner for leading companies. telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’ video network carries approximately 8,000 channels and has an unrivaled reach of 366 million homes, providing managed media services for linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on the Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.