Star-spangled selection: SES signs with SpaceX Falcon 9, ULA Atlas 5 to launch C-band-clearing satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES, in a commercial decision flavored by political expedience, selected the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 to launch two stacked C-band satellites each in 2022. The SpaceX contract includes an option to launch a third satellite in the event of a satellite failure.

SES has ordered two satellites from Northrop Grumman and two from Boeing to provide C-band coverage over the United States as part of an agreement with the U . . .

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