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SES Announces New Investment in New Luxembourg Satellite Control Facilities and Business Center

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April 26, 2011

SES Announces New Investment in New Luxembourg Satellite Control Facilities and Business Center

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

SES (News - Alert), a provider of satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites, announced an investment of EUR 34 million in its satellite control facilities at its Betzdorf campus in Luxembourg as well as an additional Business Center.

The company is making the investment for constructing a new technical building with associated office space to handle future requirements for SES’ growing global satellite fleet of 44 satellites, and an extended antennae field.

The new construction project will host the Satellite Operations Center (SOC) for satellite infrastructure start-up O3b, whose MEO (Mid Earth Orbit) constellation of initially eight spacecraft will be flown out of Betzdorf starting 2013.

The extended antennae field can hold up to 40 large scale satellite communications dishes with the ability to cover an orbital arc over Europe stretching from 62 degrees West to 70 degrees East. The antennae field will come up next to the new 5,000+ square meter Technical Building, according  to company officials.

SES owns satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES and it has participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico. The new investment from SES covers a new 3,500 square meter energy-efficient Business Center for developing SES divisions, and to host third-party activities on the Betzdorf Mediaport.

The SES investment in the project is also accompanied by a significant investment from the Luxembourg Government and the Commune of Betzdorf, whose contributions will add 3.2 kilometers of roads, water, gas, electricity and communications lines to the Betzdorf site, and will be complemented by a new local power grid station and water tower.

P&T Luxembourg, the telecom incumbent, will also be investing in a new data center close to the SES campus. Managed by its subsidiary ebrc, the fifth data center will be operational in 2012. This new Tier IV Resilience Center will offer up to 5,000 sq. m. of flexible, scalable and Green IT infrastructure.

Recently SES announced it has chosen Arianespace (News - Alert) for the launch of its Astra 2E satellite. Astra 2E will be launched in the second quarter of 2013, and will be positioned at 28.2 degrees East from where it will deliver high-power broadcast services across all of Europe and Africa, the company said in the announcement.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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