“We are thrilled to have achieved the successful launch of a flight proven Falcon 9. This is an historic milestone on the path to complete and rapid reusability,” said Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO at SpaceX. “We are pleased to have accomplished this milestone with SES, which has been a strong supporter of SpaceX and innovation over the years.”
With a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents, of which 27 are incremental, SES-10 is the company’s first satellite wholly dedicated to providing service to Latin America. SES-10's beams will augment SES’s capabilities across the region providing direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services.
“The successful launch of SES-10 on SpaceX's first ever mission using a flight-proven rocket is opening up a new era of spaceflight. We are proud to have partnered with SpaceX on this journey of innovating and using reusable rockets that will make access to space more efficient in terms of cost and manifest management," said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES. “The additional capacity offered by SES-10 is ideal for providing additional TV services with better picture quality as well as faster broadband services – both of which will be welcomed by millions of people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.”