History

  • 1985 SES signs Launch agreement with ArianeSpace
  • 1986 Construction work begins at the Satellite Control Facility in Betzdorf
  • 1987 Betzdorf Satellite Control Facility operational
  • 1988 Sky TV signs up to ASTRA in June 1988
  • 1988 SES launches its first satellite, ASTRA 1A in December
  • 1989 Astra 1A begins transmitting from its orbital position at 19.2° East on February 5th, 1989
  • 1990 SES reaches 16.6 million cable and direct-to-home (DTH) households in Europe
  • 1991 Launch of ASTRA 1B at 19.2°E
  • 1994 Canal+ launches channel bouquet on SES
  • 1995 SES launches ASTRA 1E, its first satellite built for digital transmission
  • 1996 The New Digital Technical Facilities (DTF) technology centre opens
  • 1996 SES becomes the first commercial customer to launch a satellite, ASTRA 1F, on a Proton rocket
  • 1997 Three more satellites launched on Proton D1 rocket
  • 1998 SES opens a second orbital slot at 28.2° East with ASTRA 2A
  • 1999 SES acquires 37.10% of AsiaSat
  • 2000 SES reaches 79% of the world’s population through deals in Sweden and Brazil
  • 2001 SES acquires GE AMERICOM
  • 2002 Astra 3A launches at new orbital position 23.5° but ASTRA 1K fails to reach orbit
  • 2003 SES AMERICOM leases capacity to US’s largest DTH operator, EchoStar’s DISH network
  • 2004 SES AMERICOM is the first satellite company to carry HDTV signals and launches four satellites
  • 2005 SES ASTRA reaches 102 million TV and cable households across Europe
  • 2006 SES acquires New Skies Satellites and invests in Solaris Mobile
  • 2007 SES announces ground-breaking agreement with launch services provider Arianespace
  • 2008 SES combines AMERICOM and NEW SKIES into SES WORLD SKIES
  • 2009 SES invests in O3b Networks and enters partnership with Yahsat for DTH TV in the Middle East
  • 2010 SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES combine Middle East and Africa operations
  • 2011 SES combines strengths of SES ASTRA, SES WORLD SKIES and SES