Airbus and SES unveil SES-12 to media

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.

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