SES-17 has completed its performance tests at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Cannes, France. It is currently being prepared for shipment to Arianespace’s Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on September 22, 2021.
SES announced that the spacecraft is scheduled to be launched by Arianespace, using an Ariane 5 vehicle on October 22, 2021,
SES-17 is a very high-throughput satellite in geosynchronous orbit, built to serve North America, South America, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean with Ka-band coverage. It will address demands for high-speed and flexible data connectivity across aviation, maritime, enterprise and government segments, advancing the region’s digitalisation objectives and helping to bridge the digital divide. For commercial aviation, SES partners with its anchor customer, Thales Avionics.