The SES-1 satellite is set for launch on April 24 from the Baikonour cosmodrome at 11.19 GMT. The lift-off of the Proton rocket can be followed live.
Broadcast is scheduled to begin approximately 20 minutes before lift-of on the website of International Launch Services (ILS), which can be seen by clicking here.
The new satellite will replace SES’ existing AMC-2 and AMC-4 satellites at the orbital position of 101 degrees West and is an integral part of SES’s satellite replacement programme over North America. The spacecraft carries 24 C-band transponders as well as 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz capacity each and has been designed to have a minimum expected service time of 15 years. (See also Broadband TV News passim)