SES has launched a Boeing-builtÂ satellite aboard aÂ Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana to deliver internet serviceÂ toÂ commercial, maritime and government customers.
The SES-15 satellite is designedÂ to supportÂ inflight connectivity and entertainment service providers such as Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics as well as provideÂ live TV coverageÂ on flight routes across U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, SESÂ said Thursday.
SES-15Â will carry a Wide Area Augmentation System-hosted payload to aid theÂ Federal Aviation Administration‘s efforts toÂ augment global positioning systems.
Boeing said Thursday SES-15 is aÂ 702-model satellite built with 50 three-dimensional printed parts and an all-electric propulsion system.
SES has bought 12 satellites from Boeing since 1990 and SES-15 represents the firstÂ 702 all-electric platform in the satellite operator’s fleet.
Arianespace provided launch support for SES-15, which is the first SES satellite to be deployed aboard a Soyuz rocket.