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SES completes launch of MEO satellites

SES has successfully launched four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites into space, with the new Ka-band satellites to join SES’s existing constellation of 12 MEO satellites, orbiting at approximately 8,000 km from Earth.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Built by Thales Alenia Space, the satellites were launched by Arianespace on March 9 onboard a Soyuz rocket, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

“This was the fourth launch performed by Arianespace for our O3b fleet and we have yet another batch of O3b satellites planned for 2019 on their Soyuz rocket as well,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES.

“This is the beauty of our MEO constellation: it can easily be scaled to respond to demand in an agile manner while beams can be allocated dynamically to where the demand is, and thus deliver low-latency connectivity where our customers need it. By augmenting our fleet, we will offer more throughput, more coverage, and more capabilities to our customers.”

The next set of four O3b satellites are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019. The first 12 O3b satellites were launched by three Soyuz launch vehicles in 2013 and 2014.{/mprestriction}

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