The construction of the communications satellite ,Echostar 105/SES-11, has been jointly ordered from Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) by the US satellite operator EchoStar and the world satellite operator SES. The 5,400kg satellite which will use the Eurostar E3000 bus design. will operate from 105 degrees West in Geostationary orbit. EchoStar will use the 24 Ku-band transponders while SES has tje 24 C-band transponder payload. Mission including construction and launch is expected to cost US$300 million with this cost shared between Echostar and SES. The spacecraft is expected to be launched in late 2016.
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