Elon Musk’s SpaceX is bagging the newest international deal.
The aerospace company is partnering with Luxembourg-based content connectivity solutions company SES in order to help in the launching of its C-band satellites in accordance with the SES’ accelerated C-band clearing plan that is according to a report on website Businesswire.
The two C-band satellites that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 will launch will be built by American company Northrop Grumman. Not only is that but SpaceX also reportedly obliged to accompany the launch with a contingency satellite. The two satellites are scheduled for a 2022 launch in SpaceX’s base in Florida.
This will be seventh satellite SpaceX will help launch for SES as they have maintained a productive and important business partnership.
Steve Collar, the SES CEO, has been quoted in the same Businesswire report saying that his company has a ‘deep and trusted relationship’ with Musk’s SpaceX. He noted his confidence with SpaceX from lending them a helping hand to successfully launch their first satellite to its expertise in the field. “We could not be more confident in their ability to deliver on this time-critical mission,” he was quoted mentioning.
On their part, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Gwynne Shotwell reiterated the significance of the two’s continued cooperation. She also shared her excitement in this newest venture for the two.
This news comes as SES is gearing up with its accelerated C-band clearing plan and have been forging partnerships with several companies in the United States (US) including but not limited to Boeing and Northrop Grumman to achieve this goal.
The company had commissioned the two aforementioned American firms to provide four C-band satellites that will aid SES to hasten its move to 5G – effectively moving away from its current 280MHZ mid-band spectrum and to avoid disruption of services to its American customers. It has over 120 million clients all over the US. They are in a tight race to accomplish this in lieu of the requirement posed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll out their 5G services all over the country.