SES-5 now operational at 5 degrees East

SES has announced that the SES-5 satellite is now fully operational at the orbital position of 5 degrees East.

SES-5, successfully launched on July 10 on board an ILS Proton rocket, was designed and built for SES by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

The spacecraft features 36 active Ku-band transponders, and up to 24 active C-band transponders and is now ready to deliver high performance and extensive coverage for Direct-to-Home (DTH) services, broadband, maritime communications, GSM backhaul, and VSAT applications in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.