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SpaceX readies O3b launches

SpaceX will launch two O3b mPOWER satellites for SES on November 12th, the rocket company has confirmed, although subject to weather conditions being favourable. The two satellites are the 5th and 6th are in the expanded O3b/mPower constellation which will eventually comprise 13 craft. However, two are known to have potential problems. The first four […]

November 10, 2023By Chris Forrester

Delays hit launch of SES O3b satellites

The new fleet of SES-owned O3b mPOWER satellites are suffering what CEO Ruy Pinto has described as occasional “hiccups” in their power modules. Corrective measures are being taken but it means a delay to the launch of mPOWER craft No 5 and 6. The two satellites are already much delayed and were expected to be […]

September 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES H1: Revenue rises 10%

SES reported a healthy rise of 9.8 per cent in overall revenues at €987 million for the six months to June 30th. SES has rebutted recent rumours of further slippage in the launch schedule of next satellites the important mPOWER fleet. SES says two mPOWER craft (satellites 5 and 6) will launch during Q3 and […]

August 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Bank: SES Q2 decline expected

Investment bank Exane/BNPP, in a note to clients, expects satellite operator SES to report a 3 per cent fall in revenues for its Q2 trading period. SES will unveil it numbers on August 3rd. Sami Kassab, an equity analyst at the bank, suggests that SES will report overall revenues of €487 million. The operator’s important […]

August 2, 2023

SES share price rockets after merger collapse

SES issued a somewhat cryptic statement on June 22nd following the collapse of its hoped-for merger with arch-rival Intelsat. The SES statement read: “There are always two parties in a negotiation. It has become clear that a path to an agreement which would be acceptable to SES and Intelsat cannot be found, and so both […]

June 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Boeing readies mPOWER pair for launch

SES needs six of its O3b/mPOWER satellites in orbit to kick-start its global service. Four are already in orbit out of the eleven that will eventually complete the constellation. Boeing is wrapping up the next two (mPOWER 5 and 6) in readiness for launch in June on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SES CEO Steve […]

May 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Bank favours SES, Intelsat merger

SES will announce its Q1 results on May 4th. Analysts from Berenberg Bank say that for the past six quarter-years the satellite operator has disappointed with at least two of its key deliverables. But the bank is still sticking to its ‘BUY’ rating, albeit with a slightly reduced price target for SES share price (of […]

April 27, 2023

SES revenues up 9.1%

SES returned to positive revenue growth in its full year results. The satellite telecommunications network provider is also now in its 2023 trading year, where the FCC’s long-awaited C-band ‘jam tomorrow’ promise becomes a $3 billion (€2.84bn) positive income. SES issued an impressive set of guidance numbers, including detail that SES-17 and its O3b mPOWER […]

February 27, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES: €980m orders on mPOWER

SES CEO Steve Collar, speaking following the successful launch on December 16th of two O3b/mPOWER satellites, says that its all-important backlog of orders for capacity on the mPOWER fleet has grown to €980 million, up from the €950 million confirmed earlier this year. The backlog covers the mPOWER fleet and usage on board its geostationary […]

December 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES starts mPOWER journey

The first pair of Boeing-built mPOWER satellites for SES have been delivered to Cape Canaveral ahead of their planned launch – which will be handled by SpaceX – around the middle of December. The O3b mPOWER satellites are part of SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) system operating at approximately 8,000 km altitude from the […]

December 6, 2022By Chris Forrester