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What is a Hosted Payload?

The term Hosted Payload refers to the utilization of available power, mass and space on commercial satellites to accommodate additional transponders, instruments or other space-bound items. By offering hosted payload opportunities on board SES spacecraft, the U.S. Government is provided with consistent, dependable and affordable access to space.

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FAIRING

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

01 First Stage

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

RELEASE

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

02 Second Stage

The launch vehicle typically releases the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit; the satellite uses its own propulsion system to raise itself into a geostationary orbit.

INTERFACE CONTROL

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

03 Third Stage

Extensive use of Interface Control Documents ensures the hosted payload and satellite host designs are compatible with each other.

FINAL ORBIT

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

04 Fourth Stage

Once the satellite reaches its final orbital location and the hosted payload undergoes checkout, it can begin operations.

HOSTED PAYLOAD

Hosted payloads can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the mission. Mission types include communications; earth observation; intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance; navigation; space situational awareness; weather sensing; and technology development.

05 Final Stage

Each satellite operator generally seves as the prime contractor for the manufacture and integration of the hosted payload.

FAIRING

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

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RELEASE

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

INTERFACE CONTROL

The payload fairing is for the delivery of satellites to desitnations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and beyond.

04 Fourth Stage

Once the satellite reaches its final orbital location and the hosted payload undergoes checkout, it can begin operations.

05 Final Stage

Each satellite operator generally seves as the prime contractor for the manufacture and integration of the hosted payload.

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Missions Suited for Hosted Payloads:

  • Risk Reduction Activities
  • Technology Advancement
  • Flight Qualification
  • Operational Missions:
    • Space Situational Awareness
    • Tailored Communication Systems
    • Space Environmental Monitoring
    • Space Based Augmentation for Navigation
    • Earth Monitoring

For other U.S. Government mission requirements, SES can apply its fleet and mission development skills to build, launch and operate dedicated spacecraft.

Timely and Affordable Access to Space

At a time where many government satellite programs have experienced schedule delays, cancellations and budgetary challenges, the use of commercially hosted payloads can help to maintain (or in some cases accelerate) program schedules, fill gaps in operational and proof-of-concept activities and provide a timely and affordable means of accessing space.

The frequency of commercially hosted payloads provides many opportunities for government payloads to reach orbit. SES currently has 5 spacecraft in various stages of development over the next three to four years, many of which are hosted payload opportunities. The robust launch pace and the strict schedule requirements of commercial spacecraft programs ensures efficient access to space with minimal chance for delays.

In recent years, commercially hosted payloads have received increased attention and interest from the U.S. Government as a means of accessing space. In particular, the U.S. Air Force has been on the leading edge of exploring opportunities with commercial satellite operators and embarked on an innovative approach with its Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) flight demonstration program.

Advantages of Hosted Payloads:

  • Accelerated time to launch
  • Frequent launch opportunities
  • Flexibility to accommodate a wide range of missions
  • Full spacecraft partnerships and planning
  • Shorter planning cycle
  • Satellite construction 24 to 36 months
  • Shared platforms = shared costs
  • Customer operated, independent of the host satellite
  • Custom designed transponders are included in the 24 to 36 month schedule
  • Spacecraft infrastructure development

SES Government Solutions provides exclusive access to SES’ global fleet of geosynchronous satellites, and offers hosted payload opportunities with every launch. View the full upcoming launch schedule here.

More Information on Hosted Payloads:

Click the image below to read the article on CHIRP from the SES Beam Magazine.

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To read the SES GS Hosted Payload Presentation click on the image below or the link here.

 

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