[Toulouse, 16/01/2017] - SES-10, the 10th Eurostar satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES, has left the Airbus cleanrooms in Toulouse, France, and has been shipped to Cape Canaveral for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX.SES-10 is the 45th satellite based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform and the 10th to use electric propulsion for station-keeping. It will have a launch mass of 5,300 kg and spacecraft power of 13 kW.SES-10 will be positioned at the 67 degrees West orbital position, pursuant to an agreement between the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) and SES. The satellite will provide SES with replacement and additional capacity for direct-to-home TV broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services to Central America and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. It will carry a payload of 55 high-power Ku-band transponder equivalents.
http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2014/17737688SES say they fly on Falcon 9.
F9 not capable of 5 tons to GTO, so it has to be a FH.
launch mass on Falcon 9 is expected to be about 5,300 kilograms
Quote from: newpylong on 02/20/2014 02:49 PMF9 not capable of 5 tons to GTO, so it has to be a FH.The article says that the launch mass of the satellite will be 5 tons, which is 10% of the capability of FH. I suspect the bottom line is that Space News is wrong.However, we should not discard a third possibility, that Elon is promising some enhanced variant of Falcon 9 to customers in a couple of years.
I think TrueBlueWitt ment if they use a Heavy instead.
Quote from: kevin-rf on 02/20/2014 05:30 PMI think TrueBlueWitt ment if they use a Heavy instead.Quote from: kevin-rf on 02/20/2014 05:30 PMI think TrueBlueWitt ment if they use a Heavy instead.Actually, a GTO mission would be a worst case test of recovery of a second stage, since the thermal conditions would be extreme.