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SES Launches Third and Fourth O3b mPOWER Satellites

The launch of the Third and Fourth O3b mPOWER satellites. Credit: SES

Ibadan, 2 May 2023. – SES has successfully launched two additional O3b mPOWER satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The second pair of O3b mPOWER satellites will consequently join the first two satellites launched in December 2022, which have arrived at their target medium earth orbit and are currently undergoing in-orbit checkout.

The O3b mPOWER system aims to offer high-performance network services delivering industry-best throughput, predictable low latency, and ultra-reliable service availability. Comprising an initial constellation of 11 high-throughput satellites, the O3b mPOWER ecosystem is easily scalable and requires just six MEO satellites to provide high-performance connectivity services around the globe. Additionally, SES is working closely with ground system partners to virtualize and standardize various O3b mPOWER network platforms to serve mobility, telecom, Government, and enterprise customers more efficiently and effectively.

“Our team has been working with more than 30 technology partners to prepare the O3b mPOWER space and ground segments to offer the differentiated and high-performance services that our customers need to run their operations,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “We have already rolled out and tested O3b mPOWER terminals over the existing O3b constellation and are glad to hear positive customer feedback about their increased reliability and performance, as well as the ease of self-installation, activation, and maintenance.”

Likewise, Michelle Parker, vice president of Space Mission Systems at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said, “As we near completion on the remaining satellites, we’re excited to showcase on-orbit how our fully flexible 702X payload architecture allows operators to adapt to changing business needs and reallocate resources instantly.”

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