Posted on: 15 February 2018 by Alexander Preston
Airbus Defence and Space and SES have jointly presented their new all-electric satellite, SES-12, before a group of selected media in Toulouse, France.
Weighing in at 5,400 kg, and with an electric power of 19 kW, SES-12 is the largest and most powerful all-electric satellite ever produced.
Currently undergoing final tests at Airbus’s clean rooms, the satellite is expected to leave Toulouse shortly before being transported to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a March/April launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The electric propulsion system will guide the satellite into its geostationary orbital location at 95° East longitude, from where it will serve diverse connectivity needs in the Asia-Pacific region, through its wide beams and high throughput beams.
SES-12 will operate in the Ku and Ka bands with a total of 76 active transponders and eight antennas.
With a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP), SES-12 enjoys increased payload flexibility in order to provide customised bandwidth solutions to SES customers.
The DTP enables a multitude of basic spectral channels to be allocated to various beams in a completely flexible manner.