Airbus Defense and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has been selected by EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation — a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. and SES S.A., two of the world’s leading global satellite services providers, to build a satellite called EchoStar 105/SES-11, a Eurostar E3000 satellite operating two payloads in Ku and C bands.
François Auque, Airbus Defense and Space head of Space Systems:
“We are proud that operators as renowned as EchoStar and SES have chosen Airbus Defense and Space to build the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite. I am extremely pleased to have won this commercial contract in the American market which is highly competitive. Owing to this latest success Airbus Defense and Space is the only satellite manufacturer supplying the world’s seven leading satellite operators.”
The new satellite, which provides EchoStar with 24 x 36 MHz Ku-band transponders, will be positioned at the 105 degrees West orbital position, offering “comprehensive” coverage of the Americas, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. EchoStar has provided satellite communications services to customers from this orbital position since 2006.
Under an agreement between EchoStar and SES, the satellite will be equipped with a payload of 24 C-band transponders. The launch of EchoStar 105/SES-11 — which will have a separated mass of approximately 5,400 kg (11,905 lbs) and an end of life electrical budget for the payloads of about 12 kW — is scheduled for the end of 2016.
Anders Johnson, EchoStar Satellite Services president:
“The market for 50-state transponder capacity in North America has demonstrated significant growth for the EchoStar Satellite Services business unit over the past five years — the acquisition of EchoStar 105 renews our commitment to the fixed satellite services market in North America. The replacement of AMC-15 with the increased capability offered by EchoStar 105 will allow us to meet the evolving demand from our customers for enterprise, broadcast, and government services applications. We are pleased to work with Airbus Defense and Space to provide our customers with new, high power satellite capacity at this established orbital slot.”
Martin Halliwell, SES chief technology officer:
“SES-11 is the 6th large satellite contract with our longstanding partner EchoStar. Together with EchoStar we look forward to a successful mission in collaboration with our reliable industry partner Airbus Defense and Space.”
This will be the 48th satellite in the Eurostar E3000 series, which made its debut in the EchoStar E3000 series, which debuted in orbit in March 2004 and has since demonstrated its exceptional reliability in working service.