With 3 of its 5 C-band-clearing satellites in orbit, SES applauds FCC process that put $14B into space industry

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The successful Oct. 4 launch of the SES-20- and SES-21 C-band satellites aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket brings satellite fleet operator SES that much closer to fulfilling its C-band-migration commitments to the U.S. government — and to receiving a $3 billion cash payment as a result.

The launch, from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, placed the two Boeing-built all-electric 702SP-model satellites close enough to their final geostationary orbit after a . . .

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