The joint venture Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) announce contract with Ses, will build Astra 1P and Astra 1Q
Thales Alenia Space will build two innovative super satellites for video and data telecommunications. The joint venture Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) has announced that it has signed a contract with Ses for the delivery of 2 Ku-band geostationary satellites, Astra 1P and Astra 1Q to meet the needs of Ses customers in the context of content distribution and connectivity services throughout Europe in an orbital position of 19.2 ° E. Spacebus Neo is the optimal solution for the most demanding missions in terms of capacity, adds Tas. In particular, Astra 1P is a standard wide-band satellite and will act as a support to the prime TV environment of Ses and will allow content owners, private and public broadcasters in Germany, France and Spain to continue broadcasting satellite TV channels at maximum image quality and in the most economical way. The satellite will be based on the powerful all-electric Spacebus Neo platform, developed by Thales Alenia Space and already tested in orbit.
Space Inspire is an innovative product line for instant re-alignment in orbit and Thales Alenia Space explains that Astra 1Q is a new generation software-defined satellite with both wide beams and high productivity spot beams, it will be capable of supporting direct-to-home (DTH) operations such as Astra 1P. The fully flexible Astra 1Q is also customizable in orbit and can be easily deployed to other orbital positions, allowing Ses to respond to its customers’ dynamic demands for video and data, even in the future. This satellite will be based on the innovative Space Inspire product line (Instant SPace In-orbitREconfiguration) which allows the continuous reconfiguration of the mission and telecommunication services, the instant adaptation to the needs in orbit, the exceptional flexibility of the video transmission services and broadband connectivity, maximizing the efficiency and effective use of satellite resources.
“We are honored that SES has renewed its trust in Thales Alenia Space after having entrusted us with the realization of Ses-17
, recently launched and on its way to geostationary orbit, as well as Ses-22 and Ses-23 currently under development at our factories “announced Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space. “I would like to thank once again – continued the CEO of Thales Alenia Space – the French and European Space Agencies, Cnes and Esa, for their continuous support which allows European industries to achieve considerable results with disruptive technologies and therefore to assume a leading role in the field of major innovative technologies “. Ruy Pinto, Cto of Ses, added: “From our main orbital position of 19.2 degrees East, the satellites Astra 1P and Astra 1Q will have the resilience, reliability and redundancy our video customers need and will be able to provide continued premium services through 2040 “.” Today, our current satellites operating in this privileged orbital slot serve 118 million households and , thanks to the advanced satellite technology provided by Thales Alenia Space, we will ensure that we continue to meet the dynamic needs of all the markets we serve in the region, “added Pinto.