Satellite operator SES has announced that it will launch the SES-4 satellite into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome next week.
The SES-4, a 20-kilowatt satellite with 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders, will be launched on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket.
It has C-band beams serving the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa, full coverage of the Americas, and a global beam to support mobile and maritime customers.
Four high-power, regional Ku-band beams will provide service to Europe, the Middle East, West Africa as well as North and South America with extensive channel switching capability between C- and Ku-band transponders for enhanced connectivity.
The new SES-4 satellite is based on the flight-proven Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform and designed to deliver services for 15 years or more.
It will be the 50th satellite in the global SES fleet and will also be the largest, most powerful SES satellite.
SES says the new satellite will replace the NSS-7 satellite at 338 degrees East longitude and provide incremental capacity at this well established SES orbital slot.
There will be a webcast of the SES-4 launch