WASHINGTON — Boeing will construct 4 extra O3b mPower high-throughput communications satellites for fleet operator SES beneath an order introduced Aug. 7 to develop the second-generation constellation to 11 satellites.
Boeing is constructing the primary seven O3b mPower satellites beneath a contract awarded in 2017. These satellites had been anticipated to launch by the top of 2021 on a pair of SpaceX Falcon rockets, however present plans name for launching the primary three late subsequent 12 months, six extra in 2022, and the ultimate two in 2024.
All 11 satellites will function from medium Earth orbit to supply terabits of cell broadband capability for presidency and business prospects.
Boeing is utilizing its new 702x software-defined satellite tv for pc platform to construct the O3b mPower spacecraft. Every O3b mPower satellite tv for pc could have the flexibility to beam 50 megabits to “a number of gigabits per second” to prospects, Boeing stated.
“Now we have constructed our community round a multi-orbit, multi-frequency, high-throughput, versatile and open structure more and more of worth to Authorities customers,” SES CEO Steve Collar stated in a information launch. “We’re wanting ahead to the primary launch of O3b mPOWER and excited to increase our partnership with Boeing.”
SES estimates spending 480 million euros ($566 million) on the 4 extra satellites, an quantity that covers manufacturing, launch and insurance coverage.
The 4 satellites shall be extra superior than the unique seven, rising the whole throughput of the whole O3b mPower constellation by 90%, Collar stated throughout an Aug. 7 earnings name.
Boeing and SES stated they’ll collaborate on interoperability between O3b satellites in medium Earth orbit and U.S. government-owned army satellite tv for pc communications techniques.
Collar stated SES’s Networks division, which encompasses O3b and the remainder of SES’s broadband-focused enterprise, generates a few third of its revenues from authorities prospects, making army use of O3b mPower a precedence.
Every O3b mPower satellite tv for pc has a design lifetime of 12 years, Collar stated. SES could proceed to scale the medium Earth orbit constellation if demand for its providers continues to develop, he stated.
At current, SES doesn’t have present plans for any extra development satellites past these it has beneath building with producers, Collar stated.
SES operates a fleet of 20 first-generation O3b satellites constructed by Thales Alenia House, and a constellation of roughly 50 geostationary satellites from varied producers.
John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, stated an enormous distinction between the first- and second-generation O3b satellites is the flexibility of mPower satellites to generate and beam capability on an as-needed foundation, fairly than striving to refill beams with predetermined traits.
“It permits us to have capability wherever you want it — you don’t have to repair a beam in a single place after which fill that beam,” Hemingway stated.
SES plans to deploy its 11-satellite O3b mPower constellation between 2021 and 2024, based on data included in an Aug. 7 report on the corporate’s monetary efficiency for the primary six months of 2020. Credit score: SES