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SES purchases four additional satellites of the O3b type from Boeing

Boeing plans to design more O3b mPower hypersonic communications satellite for the satellite operator SES after the August 7 order of raising the constellation to 11 satellites. 

Operations are underway to ensure that Boeing develops the first set of seven O3b mPower satellites as per the 2017 agreement. Initially, the plan was for all seven would launch at the terminal of 2021 via SpaceX’s Falcon rockets. Currently, it is plausible that the first three satellites to launch in 2021 with the next set of six in 2022 and the last pair in the next four years.

The 11 satellites will be operating from the medium Earth orbit to avail communication services for both the government and the commercial sector. Boeing is utilizing its advanced technology in the satellite framework to develop the O3b mPower spacecraft. Each of the consequent satellites will transpose 50 megabits to multiple gigabits for the customers.

The SES chief executive, Steve Collar, announced that they had established a network range covering a variant orbit, variant frequency, hypersonic, and reliable engineering design that is valuable for the government agencies. He adds that that is in a frenzy mood as they work towards the inauguration of the O3b mPower to extend collaboration with Boeing.

SES approximates to use $566 million in the development of the four satellites. This sum details the manufacturing, insurance, operating, and launch costs.

These four new satellites will be highly technical compared to the earlier seven. Collar reveals that this move will stimulate the working of the by 90 percent. Boeing and SES are partnering to integrate the O3b satellite operation in the medium-Earth orbit for US-based military communication systems.

Collar explained that they are working on their R&D department to meet the demands of their governmental partners since they form 34% of their revenue stream. This statement is valid since the military will be utilizing a more significant portion of the O3b satellites because of their extended lifespan of 12 years. Collar reiterates that they will continue working on the advancement of their payloads for the medium-Earth orbit spectrum if their customer base widens.

Collar retorts that SES is happy with the ongoing satellite production via its partners. Key manufacturers include Thales Alenia Space 98, which is developing 20 O3b satellites with the other operators working on 50 geostationary satellites. The chief executive of SES Networks, John-Paul Hemingway, expounded that the difference between the previous satellites and the current is the capacity to transpose the beam of megabits to a high value.

Finally, Hemingway states that they hope that the new satellites will end the shift of beam capacity from one place to another in a move to attain the desirable bit speed.