Airbus has transferred control of the satellite to SES: following its launch on 11 October, the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space reached its geostationary orbit on 19 October and has been fully deployed and tested. SES is now testing the payload, before the satellite enters service for the two operators at the 105-degree West orbital slot.
EchoStar 105/SES-11 is a dual-mission satellite, providing Luxembourg-based operator SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders of 36 MHz, owned and operated by SES, marketed under the name SES-11, and US operator EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105.
EchoStar 105/SES-11 is the 47th satellite based on Airbus’ highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. It weighted 5,200 kg at launch and delivers spacecraft power of 12 kW.