EL SEGUNDO, Calif., August 22, 2022- Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered two satellites for the world’s leading provider of content connectivity services SES to its launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, ahead of the upcoming launch of the twin spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
“SES-20 and SES-21 are the first commercial satellites we have delivered since the global pandemic began,” said Ryan Reid, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “It was challenging, but we found ways to meet new customer demands and deadlines. As a result, we went from signing the contract to delivering two satellites in just over two years.”
The pair of all-electric 702SP (small platform) satellites are equipped with C-band payloads that will operate in the continental United States and help usher in the Federal Communications Commission’s 5G Fast initiative, which requires operators of satellites such as SES to move services from the lower 300 MHz to the upper 200 MHz of C-band spectrum for 5G mobile services.
The new Boeing satellites are designed and intended to enable SES to continue to provide its C-band broadcast and radio services as well as its mission-critical data network services in the coming months. SES-20 and SES-21 are the 14th and 15th satellites built by Boeing for SES.
“The delivery of SES-20 and SES-21 marks another important milestone for our C-band spectrum clearing project in the United States. Thanks to our trusted and long-standing partner Boeing, we remain on track to migrate our customers to these new satellites so that we can continue to provide services seamlessly and without disruption,” said Ruy Pinto, Chief Technology Officer at SES.
SES-20 and SES-21 have undergone rigorous environmental testing at Boeing’s satellite factory in El Segundo, California, including vibration, thermal vacuum, electromagnetic interference, and acoustic testing. After arriving at their launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the satellites will be encapsulated in their payload fairings for launch. They have already been integrated into a dual-launch configuration platform built by Boeing.
“This will be our third 702SP dual-launch configuration, so it’s a proven way to get more orbits and faster for our customers,” said Jim Peterka, SES-20 and SES program manager. -21 from Boeing.
Boeing has delivered more than 300 satellites to commercial and government customers worldwide and continues to build adaptable satellites to meet changing business cases and fulfill even the most demanding missions.
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