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SpaceX launches two O3b mPOWER satellites

SpaceX is slated to launch another pair of satellites before the end of June.
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SpaceX launched two additional O3b mPOWER satellites by Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, United States, SES announced.

The second pair of O3b mPOWER satellites will join the first two satellites launched in December 2022, which have arrived at their target medium earth orbit (MEO) and are currently undergoing in-orbit checkout. The O3b mPOWER system will offer high-performance network services delivering throughput, predictable low latency, and ultra-reliable service availability.

Comprising an initial constellation of 11 high-throughput satellites built by Boeing, the O3b mPOWER ecosystem is easily scalable and requires just six MEO satellites to provide high-performance connectivity services around the globe. Additionally, SES is working closely with some of the ground system partners in the world to virtualise and standardise a variety of platforms on the O3b mPOWER network to serve mobility, telecom, government, and enterprise customers more efficiently and effectively.

Steve Collar, CEO of SES, said: “Today we are closer to delivering our promise of a new era of connectivity. Our team has been working with more than 30 technology partners to prepare the O3b mPOWER space and ground segments to offer the differentiated and high-performance services that our customers need to run their operations. We have already rolled out and tested O3b mPOWER terminals over the existing O3b constellation, and are delighted to hear positive customer feedback about their increased reliability and performance, as well as the ease of self-installation, activation, and maintenance.”

Michelle Parker, vice president of Space Mission Systems at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, added: “It’s been an incredible journey with an exceptional and dedicated team at the Boeing satellite factory, and an invaluable partnership with SES. As we near completion on the remaining satellites, we’re excited to showcase on-orbit how our fully flexible 702X payload architecture allows operators to adapt to changing business needs and reallocate resources instantly.”

O3b mPOWER commercial service is expected to begin in Q3 2023. Key customers who have signed up for the next-gen system include Microsoft, Princess Cruises, Marlink, Jio Platforms, Orange, Claro Brasil, Vodafone Cook Islands, the Government of Luxembourg (subject to parliamentary approval) and the newly-announced CNT Ecuador.