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Mission type Communications
Operator SES
COSPAR ID 2011-049A
SATCAT № 37809
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Star-2.4
Manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation
Launch mass 3,200 kilograms (7,100 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 21 September 2011, 21:38 (2011-09-21UTC21:38Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Ariane 5ECA VA204
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 87° west
Perigee 35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)
Apogee 35,805 kilometres (22,248 mi)
Inclination 0.06 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 28 October 2013, 12:59:15 UTC[2]

SES-2 is a communications satellite operated by SES World Skies. It was launched on 21 September 2011 on an Ariane 5 ECA vehicle, alongside the Arabsat-5C satellite. It entered into commercial service on 27 October 2011 in the 87° West orbital location.[3]

The platform is home to the first hosted payload, a mechanism by which governmental entities can fly modules on commercial satellites.[4] [5][6]


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