SpaceX To Launch SES-11/EchoStar 105

SpaceX will launch the SES-11/EchoStar 105 satellite later on October 2nd from launch complex 39A. SpaceX will launch the satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket and will possibly attempt to land the first stage on the automated drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You”. SpaceX will fly a previously flown first stage for this launch just like it did for SES-10 and BulgariaSat-1 

About The SES-11 Payload

SES-11 EchoStar 105 rendering by SES
SES-11 EchoStar 105 rendering. Credit: SES

EchoStar 105 or SES 11 was manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space and based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will support the continued development of the U.S. orbital arc media distribution neighborhood and provide coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. The spacecraft’s Ku-band capacity will replace AMC-15 at 105° W, an orbital position where EchoStar has been an anchor customer for SES since 2006. The spacecraft’s C-band capacity will provide replacement capacity for AMC-18 at the same position. The spacecraft will have an life expectancy of 15 years. The EchoStar 105 satellite weighs approximately 11,900 pounds (5,400 kilograms) at liftoff.

Update: The launch has been delayed and will launch no earlier than October 10.

For images and video of the mission please visit our Mission Gallery Page.

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