SES' O3B MEO satellites in orbit
20 ones built by Thales Alenia Space -VIDEO
The four latest satellites in the O3b constellation built by Thales Alenia Space (TAS), jv between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%, as prime-contractor for SES were successfully launched yesterday from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana (South America) by a Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace. With the launch of these four latest satellites Thales Alenia Space is supporting SES to scale its current MEO constellation to 20, which started in June 2013 with 4 satellites.
Thanks to these high-performance satellites, SES Networks, the data business unit of SES, offers communications services to telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy markets, as well as governments and institutions across the world.
O3b satellites are positioned at an altitude of 8,000 km along the equator and are four times closer to the Earth than satellites in geostationary orbit. Operating in the Ka-band, they offer telecommunications and Internet connectivity services at a fiber-like speed across the globe.
Thales Alenia Space’s global reference in the constellation market. As prime-contractor for a total of 125 satellites in three constellations, Globalstar 2 (24), O3b (20) and Iridium NEXT (81), TAS is the benchmark partner in the development and deployment of low and medium orbit telecom satellite constellations.
Below, the video of the launch:
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency