owner of SES-5 is a Dutch satellite operator SES World Skies.The satellite was designed to provide communication services to countries in Europe, the Baltic States and Africa.It weighs 6,000 kg, and is designed for a period espluatatsii at least 15 years.

devices that send a signal in response to a received signal, called transponders.They are used to form a channel satellite communications system of identification "friend or foe" and determine the distance to an object in sonar.

The satellite SES-5 is set 36 Ku-band transponders and 24 - C-band.Ku-band is in the range of centimeter length radio waves from 1.67 to 2.5 cm (12-18 GHz).These frequencies are given paid satellite TV (DTH) broadcast with a zone in the Baltic States, Scan
dinavia and Africa.

wavelength range from 3.75 to 7.5 cm is called the C-band.In North and South America it is this range is essential for satellite television.On the SES-5, these frequencies will be used for communications GSM, maritime communication and video transmission.

In addition, Dutch satellite performs certain tasks EGNOS - the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.The service is designed to improve the quality of systems GPS, Galileo and GLONASS.It consists of a master station, which collects information from satellites GPS, Galileo and GLONASS, a network of ground relay stations and geostationary satellites, EGNOS, which transmit information to receivers GPS.

Commissioning geostantsionarnogo telecommunications satellite SES-5 will improve the quality and reliability of information transmission.Increase the coverage area of ​​TV signals and signals GPS.However, because in Russia there is no ground stations EGNOS, all favorable change notice mostly residents of the western part.