SES WORLD SKIES, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announces that the NSS-12 satellite successfully roared into space on-board an Ariane 5 ECA booster from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on October 29 at 5:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. GMT). Approximately 27 minutes after lift-off the spacecraft separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage and was placed into geostationary transfer orbit. Initial signals from NSS-12 were received at a control station in Uralla, Australia at 8:32 p.m. GMT.
NSS-12 was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, with launch services on-board Ariane 5 provided by Arianespace. The spacecraft, procured by SES Satellite Leasing Limited in the Isle of Man, is poised to be the 41th satellite in SES’ global fleet.
Rob Bednarek, President and CEO of SES WORLD SKIES, stated: “The flawless launch of NSS-12 allows us to ensure seamless continuity for a variety of customers at the key orbital position of 57 degrees East and considerably increases our capacity on-orbit. Our thanks for a mission well accomplished go to the skilled engineering and operations teams of Arianespace, Space Systems/Loral and SES ENGINEERING. After NSS-9 in February, this is the second successful Ariane 5 launch of an SES satellite in 2009.”
“NSS-12 will be the 59thSpace Systems/Loral satellite now orbiting the earth,” said John Celli, President and Chief Operating Officer of Space Systems/Loral. “Congratulations to SES WORLD SKIES and Arianespace for another flawless launch. Every completed satellite and successful launch is an exciting achievement and a testament to our companies’ ability to collaborate as a team.”
Immediately following the successful launch of NSS-12, Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman & CEO of Arianespace, said: “Arianespace is especially proud of carrying out this 32nd successful launch for the SES group, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Since the launch of their first satellite in 1988, we have developed an exceptional relationship with SES, by offering services and solutions custom-tailored to their needs. I would like to personally thank SES for their long-standing confidence, and for having once again chosen Arianespace, the global benchmark in satellite launch services.”
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