SES reports that the all-electric propulsion satellite has reached orbit per schedule after months of in-orbit raising and successful in-orbit testing. Built by Thales Alenia Space, the very high throughput SES-17 satellite is now ready to provide broadband connectivity services to customers across aeronautical, maritime, enterprise, and government markets "whether on land, at sea, or in the skies," according to an SES press release.
Significantly, SES-17 concurrently announced that its anchor partner, Thales InFlyt Experience, will leverage SES-17 for FlytLive, an aviation broadband connectivity platform for enhancing Wi-Fi throughput onboard commercial aircraft across the Americas and the Caribbean.
Further, the company stated that key enterprise customers in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, including SSi Canada and COMNET, will now expand the reach and capability of their broadband networks to more remote areas via SES-17.
The company said its SES-17 was successfully launched onboard an Ariane 5 launcher operated by Arianespace from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 23 October 2021 at 11:10 pm local time (02:10 am UTC). SES-17 is the 37th SES satellite launched by Arianespace and the 30th built by Thales Alenia Space, joining the current SES satellite network of 70 satellites.
As further explained by the SES statement:
With a fully digital payload powered by the most powerful digital transponder processor in orbit, an unmatched flexibility and nearly 200 user beams, SES-17 marks not only a significant development in satellite technology, but also is a first step in the integration of SES’s multi-orbit network.
The spacecraft’s digital payload is supported by the Adaptive Resource Control (ARC) software, making it interoperable with SES’s second-generation O3b mPOWER satellite communications system in medium Earth orbit (MEO), set to launch in the coming months.
“We are excited to have the highly-anticipated SES-17 satellite start delivering services, while redefining and transforming the digital landscape for many different applications across the Americas and ultimately bringing high-speed connectivity to people wherever they are,” said Ruy Pinto, chief technology officer at SES, who concluded, “At SES, we are extremely thankful to our partners at Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace that have shared our vision at each step of SES-17’s journey to orbit.”