50th SES Spacecraft in Orbit after successful ILS Proton launch
SES S.A. announced that the SES-4 satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster at 1:36am Baikonur time (20:36 CET and 14:36 EST on February 14th, 2012) on February 15. After a 9-hour, 12-minute mission, the Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket successfully released the SES-4 satellite directly into geostationary transfer orbit.
SES-4 will provide new capacity to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. SES-4 is a 20-kilowatt satellite manufactured on the flight-proven Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform with 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders. It has C-band beams serving the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa, full coverage of the Americas, and a global beam to support mobile and maritime customers.
Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES said that SES was delighted to see the 50th satellite in its fleet successfully launched after two unfortunate Proton-related launch delays. “We thank the launch teams of Space Systems/Loral, ILS, Khrunichev and SES for their dedicated work. Their relentless efforts ensured ultimately a total success. After thorough in-orbit testing, SES and its customers can now look forward to the SES-4 providing new, state-of-the-art satellite capacity across three continents,” Bausch added.