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SES Opens New Satellite Operations Center in Princeton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Randall Barney
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Princeton, New Jersey – July 30, 2014 – Global satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext
Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today it is now controlling
nearly half of its growing fleet from a new satellite operations center (SOC) at its
commercial sales and satellite engineering office in Princeton, New Jersey.

A team of highly-skilled satellite controllers provides 24/7 monitoring and management of
23 SES satellites, as they deliver services ranging from high quality broadcast television
channels to high-speed broadband to millions of people on land, in the air, and at sea
throughout North America and around the world.

The remainder of the current SES global fleet of more than 50 spacecraft is managed by
controllers stationed at SES’s global headquarters in Luxembourg. Both satellite operations
centers are fully integrated, enabling each facility and control team to provide real-time
services delivery and backup support across the SES fleet.

“With a constant eye on operational excellence, resiliency and customer success and
security, SES has positioned its three primary satellite operations centers in widely diverse
regions of the world,”
noted Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer for SES. “Our new
Princeton-based SOC features the latest control technologies and capabilities that will
allow SES to meet ever-evolving customer demands and an ever-changing satellite fleet for
decades to come,”
Halliwell said. “Whether it’s electric propulsion satellites or an expanding
fleet of more than 100 satellites, SES has the expertise and the advanced satellite control
stations to deliver on the future.”


“Princeton has long been an important hub for SES satellite engineering expertise and our
customer account teams. These critical groups can now collaborate more closely with
controllers located just down the hall, to further ensure optimal operations and customer
success and satisfaction,” said Rick Starkovs, Senior Vice President of Space Systems and
Operations for SES. “Customer success and team collaboration were major drivers behind
the migration of this mission-critical satellite operations center to Princeton.”
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