Mission typeCommunications
OperatorNew Skies Satellites (2002-2006)
SES New Skies (2006-2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES (2011-present)
COSPAR ID2002-019A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.27414
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass4,692 kilograms (10,344 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date16 April 2002, 23:02 (2002-04-16UTC23:02Z) UTC
RocketAriane 44L V150
Launch siteKourou ELA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude20° west
Perigee altitude35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)
Apogee altitude35,803 kilometres (22,247 mi)
Inclination0.01 degrees
Period23.93 hours
Epoch27 October 2013, 11:55:45 UTC[1]

NSS-7 is a communications satellite owned by SES. It launched on 16 April 2002 on an AR-44L model of the Ariane 4 launch vehicle.

It is a hybrid Ku- and C-band telecommunications satellite providing fixed satellite services, including video distribution, Internet access, corporate business networking and fixed services such as telephony and data. Based on an enhanced version of Lockheed Martin's A2100AX satellite bus, this 72 transponder satellite initially operated at 22° West longitude over the Atlantic Ocean, providing coverage to the whole of Africa. In May 2012 it shifted over to the 20° West location to take over the duties of NSS-5.


  1. ^ "NSS 7 Satellite details 2002-019A NORAD 27414". N2YO. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.