SIRIUS 4 Satellite Successfully LaunchedSunday, November 18th, 2007
New SIRIUS satellite at orbital position 5° East
SOLNA (Sweden) — SES SIRIUS, an SES ASTRA company, announced today that its new SIRIUS 4 satellite has been successfully launched into orbit. SIRIUS 4 roared into space onboard an ILS Proton rocket from Baikonur this morning at 04.39 local time- 23.39 CET. The satellite will now be brought into its final orbital position within the next weeks, and will be made commercially available beginning in January 2008, after extensive in-orbit testing. SES ASTRA is an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).
SIRIUS 4 will be located at 5° East, SIRIUS’ orbital position for delivering broadcast and broadband services across Europe, and will also transmit HDTV channels. With its satellite fleet SIRIUS reaches 20 million homes in Europe. SIRIUS 4 will also carry an African beam which will be marketed by SES ASTRA.
“We are very proud and satisfied that the SIRIUS 4 mission has been a success,” said Håkan Sjödin, Managing Director of SES SIRIUS. “SIRIUS 4 will benefit our customers and extend our coverage and service in Eastern Europe. The success of the SIRIUS 4 mission is a milestone in our company’s history, and we would like to underline the very good cooperation with our launch partners, International Launch Services and Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems .”
“This was an especially important mission for ILS and our customer, SES SIRIUS,” said ILS President Frank McKenna. “ILS and our partner, Khrunichev, continue to focus on performance and on our long-term relationship with the companies of the SES Group.”