Arianespace’s Soyuz lifts off from the Spaceport’s ELS launch facility during the daytime launch with four more connectivity satellites for O3b Networks. (Credit: Arianespace)
PARIS (Arianespac PR) — SES has selected Arianespace for its fifth launch of four O3b satellites joining the O3b Medium Earth Orbit fleet. The mission on a Soyuz rocket will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2019.
The twelve satellites of the existing O3b fleet were orbited by Arianespace in 2013 and 2014; the next four satellites (13th to 16th) will be launched by Arianespace next year. The O3b fleet delivers low-latency data services provided by SES Networks, a unit of SES.
The 20 O3b satellites that SES Networks positions and operates in the Medium Earth Orbit, nearly 8,000 kilometers above the Earth, form the first strong building block of a unique high-power, high-throughput fleet. Built by Thales Alenia Space, they have a mass of approximately 700 kilogram at liftoff and each provide a capacity of more than 10 Gigabits per second.
“We are pleased that we can rely on proven partners to develop our O3b fleet”, said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks. “As the only MEO constellation in ...