SES launches seventh TV and radio satellite with SpaceX


SES has successfully launched its SES-22 satellite into space via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The unit is the first of SES’ planned C-band satellites dedicated to freeing up the lower 300 MHz of C-band spectrum.

It will operate in the 135 degree west orbital slot and will be capable of delivering television and radio to millions of US homes as well as data transmission beginning in August 2022.

The launch of SES-22 is part of a larger Federal Communications Commission program to free up some C-band spectrum for wireless carriers to deploy 5G services across the contiguous United States. In response to an FCC mandate, satellite operators such as SES are required to upgrade their existing services from the lower 300 MHz to the upper 200 MHz of C-band spectrum to make room for 5G.

To meet the FCC’s accelerated timeline for releasing C-band spectrum across the United States by December 2023, SES will launch five satellites – SES-18, SES-19, SES-20, SES-21 and SES-22 in 2022.

The SES-22 spacecraft had a fast ground delivery time as satellite maker Thales Alenia Space shipped it just 22 months after it was ordered. SES-22 is the seventh SES satellite launched by SpaceX in the past 10 years.


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