SES Sirius announced today that its new satellite Sirius 4 has been fully integrated into the fairing of the launch vehicle, a Proton rocket, and is ready for launch on November 18 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite, an A2100 AX type built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, is being launched by International Launch Services (ILS) into the Sirius orbital position at 5 degrees East.
Sirius 4 will provide broadcast and broadband services across Europe, with an extended reach into Eastern Europe.The satellite will also carry an African beam which will be marketed by SES Astra.
“The launch of SIRIUS 4 will benefit all our customers across Europe,” said Håkan Sjödin, MD of SES Sirius in a prepared statement. “It will have an extended coverage over Eastern Europe. where we see our market expansion and, with its 52 Ku-band transponders, will also offer large bandwidth capacity to meet the growing demand for HDTV services.“