Airbus-built EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite now in GEO orbit and handed-over to customer
(2 November 2017 - Airbus) Airbus has transferred control of the satellite to SES: following its launch on 11 October, the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space reached its geostationary orbit on 19 October and has been fully deployed and tested.
SES is now testing the payload, before the satellite enters service for the two operators at the 105 degrees West orbital slot.
EchoStar 105/SES-11 is a dual-mission satellite, providing Luxembourg-based operator SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders of 36 MHz, owned and operated by SES, marketed under the name SES-11, and US operator EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105.
EchoStar 105/SES-11 is the 47th satellite based on Airbus’ highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. It weighted 5,200 kg at launch and delivers spacecraft power of 12 kW.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016 it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.