Echostar 105/SES 11 Enters into Service

Echostar 105/SES 11 undergoes testing at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. Photo: Airbus Defence and Space.

Echostar 105/SES 11 undergoes testing at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. Photo: Airbus Defence and Space.

The EchoStar 105/SES 11 satellite has been successfully positioned at the 105 degrees west orbital location, and is now fully operational and able to serve the video and enterprise markets in the United States, according to the companies.

The dual-mission satellite, providing SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders of 36 MHz and EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz launched into space on Oct. 11. Since then, in-orbit tests have confirmed the spacecraft is functioning as intended, the two companies stated.

The mission was the second time SES launched on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket, and is SES’ fourth launch with SpaceX.

SES 11 is designed to accelerate the development of the U.S. prime video neighborhood and the delivery of High Definition (HD) and Ultra-HD channels. It offers coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. According to SES, the satellite’s C-band capacity is optimized for digital television delivery, and will join SES 1 and SES 3 at the center of SES’ North American orbital arc.

EchoStar 105’s Ku-band capacity replaces the capacity that EchoStar previously offered via the AMC 15 satellite and includes seven transponders of incremental capacity, providing expanded coverage for customer applications including video distribution, data communications and backhaul services.

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