The high-power, state-of-the-art NSS-8 satellite is a Boeing 702 spacecraft that carries 56 C-band and 36 Ku-band transponders, and is designed to be the centerpiece of the New Skies global communications network. NSS-8 will support a wide range of functions, including broadcast applications, government and military operations, corporate communications and Broadband Internet services. The satellite will provide coverage to two-thirds of the globe, serving countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Asia. Designed for a 15-year lifespan, NSS-8 will have 18 kilowatts of total power at the beginning of life on orbit.
Based in the Netherlands, SES NEW SKIES offers video, Internet, data and voice communications services to a wide range of broadcasters, Internet Service Providers, network integrators, telecommunications companies and government entities, and serves over 250 customers in 79 countries. The company operates a global fleet of five communications satellites currently in orbit; NSS-8 is due for launch in January 2007 and one under construction (NSS-9) as well as ground facilities around the world.