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SES-14 Satellite is Now Serving the Americas

By | September 4, 2018
The SES-14 satellite. Photo: Airbus

The SES-14 satellite. Photo: Airbus

SES‘ SES-14 satellite, positioned at 47.5 degrees West, is now serving Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, North Atlantic, and West Africa. The all-electric satellite, which has both C- and Ku-band wide beam coverage and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam coverage, is SES’ second hybrid satellite to serve the Americas, with the first being SES-15.

SES-14’s C-band and Ku-band wide beams and HTS capabilities are serving various markets. The satellite is expanding the reach of SES’ second cable neighborhood in Latin America, and provides new capacity for Direct-to-Home (DTH) services. It is also delivering more high-speed connectivity to the dynamic aeronautical market and other traffic-intensive applications in the maritime and cellular backhaul markets.

The satellite also carries a hosted payload for NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission. GOLD will provide unprecedented imaging of the Earth’s upper atmosphere from geostationary orbit to deepen scientists’ understanding of the boundary between Earth and space, according to the release. SES-14 was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.