On October 11th, SpaceX successfully launched the EchoStar 105/SES-11 payload from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The satellite replaces C-band capacity for AMC 18 and Ku-band capacity for AMC 15 at the 105 degrees west orbital slot. It offers comprehensive coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. It'll provide Ku-band communication services through EchoStar for commercial and US government customers, as well as high-definition and ultra-high-def video service through SES in the C-band part of the spectrum. The unmanned Falcon, recycled following a February flight, blasted off with a satellite. The satellite's C-band capacity is optimized for digital television delivery and will join SES-1 and SES-3 at the center of SES's North American orbital arc, which reaches more than 100 million TV homes and 100% penetration in the US.
It will operate in a Geostationary Transfer Orbit, providing high-definition broadcasts to the USA, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. "We are also proud to launch on another SpaceX flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and to continuously participate in innovative technology developments within the launch industry". Last month, SpaceX billionaire founder Elon Musk announced plans to build a fully reusable BFR ("Big Falcon Rocket") that could facilitate passenger trips around the world and to the moon and Mars.
More information about SES-11 available at SES-11 newsroom. It placed 10 communications satellites in a 400-mile-high orbit for Iridium, the telecommunications company. That first stage also was recovered. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG).