SES signs multi-launch agreements

Satellite operator SES has signed satellite launch vehicle contracts covering the majority of the satellite launch requirements for the SES group from 2009-2013. These "multi-launch agreements" ensure that each SES satellite will have a primary as well as a back-up launch vehicle, each with two launch slots.


SES Satellite Leasing has signed separate agreements with Arianespace and ILS for five satellite launches each.


Arianespace will provide Ariane 5 or Soyuz boosters to be launched out of the EuropeanSpacePort in Kourou, French Guyana, while ILS will provide Proton Breeze M boosters launching from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


The multi-launch agreements include options for additional launches, and represent the largest single launch services contract to date both for Arianespace and ILS. Terms of the contracts remain confidential.