SES is preparing future satellites to include a greater focus on mobility, especially regarding In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Two upcoming SES spacecraft, SES 9 under construction by Boeing, and the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) SES 12 by Airbus Defence and Space, will have features enabling them to bolster service for aircraft traveling to and around Asia.
According to SES’ VP of Business Development in North America Steve Corda, the company has been working on incorporating aeronautical traffic modeling into satellite design for the past several months. SES now has a database containing details on nearly every scheduled flight that occurs on a regular basis. By using this information, the company can cut down on cycle time between a concept and an acceptable satellite design when focusing on serving the IFC market.