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Mission type Communication
Operator ProtoStar Ltd
SES World Skies
COSPAR ID 2009-027A
SATCAT № 34941
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus BSS-601HP
Manufacturer Boeing
Start of mission
Launch date 16 May 2009, 00:57:38 (2009-05-16UTC00:57:38Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor International Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 108.2° East
Perigee 35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)
Apogee 35,804 kilometres (22,248 mi)
Inclination 0.04 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 2 January 2014, 18:11:59 UTC[2]
Band Ku-band (22), S-band (10)
Coverage area Asia (South Asia, North East Asia, South East Asia)

SES-7 (formerly known as Indostar 2 / ProtoStar 2) is a Dutch commercial communication satellite operated by SES World Skies. Originally launched on 16 May 2009 by Boeing for ProtoStar Ltd and later purchased through auction by SES S.A. for SES World Skies unit for $180 million. SES-7 operates in geostationary orbit and intended to be located at a longitude of 108.2° East covering South Asia and Asia-Pacific region. SES-7 is built for optimized HD DTH (direct-to-home) satellite television service and broadband Internet access across the Asia-Pacific region.

The spacecraft was originally built for PanAmSat (now Intelsat) to be used as Galaxy-8iR, but that contract was terminated on November 15, 2002. The satellite was renamed SES-7 in May 2010.


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