SES, the global satellite operator, has ordered a new communications satellite from the European manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space (TAS). A construction contract was signed between TAS and SES for the order of the dedicated Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS), which is aimed at the commercial aviation market. The spacecraft is expected to be launched in 2020. The total project cost including spacecraft, launch, ground network and insurance is put at US$500m.

Artist's impression of SES-17 in orbit. Courtesy: Thales Alenia Space

Artist’s impression of SES-17 in orbit. Courtesy: Thales Alenia Space

SES, the global satellite operator, has ordered a new communications satellite from the European manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space (TAS). A construction contract was signed between TAS and SES for the order of the dedicated Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS), which is aimed at the commercial aviation market. The spacecraft is expected to be launched in 2020. The total project cost including spacecraft, launch, ground network and insurance is put at US$500m.

Artist's impression of SES-17 in orbit. Courtesy: Thales Alenia Space

Artist’s impression of SES-17 in orbit. Courtesy: Thales Alenia Space