File photo of a Falcon 9 launch from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: SpaceX
SES announced Thursday it has tapped SpaceX for two additional Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral to deliver more Boeing-built O3b mPower broadband satellites into orbit, adding to a pair of Falcon 9 flights ordered by SES last year to launch the first batch of mPower platforms beginning in late 2021.
With the two launches ordered from SpaceX Thursday, SES has reserved at least five Falcon 9 missions for launches in the next few years.
Based in Luxembourg, SES owns one of the largest fleets of commercial communications satellites in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) over the equator, beaming television, data and Internet services to customers around the world.
SES’s O3b network provides Internet connectivity to ships, airplanes, developing and island nations, and other customers on-the-go using a fleet of 20 satellites flying in a unique equatorial medium Earth orbit at an altitude of more than 5,000 miles, or 8,000 kilometers.
SES ordered seven upgraded O3b satellites from Boeing in 2017 to expand the capacity supplied by the network’s original 20 spacecraft, which were built by ...