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SES-3 has arrived in European skies - currently near 11E & moving east at 4 degrees a day.

Which is very strange as shes supposed to be slotting at 103W - and was launched last July which is plenty of time to get her onto geostationary orbit!
 
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Mystery solved - SES-3 is being relocated to 108.2E

-http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2012/9835294

Luxembourg – (January 31st, 2012) – SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced that the SES-3 satellite is being relocated from its former location over North America to Asia, an area experiencing great demand for state-of-the-art, reliable satellite capacity.

The SES-3 satellite is being relocated to 108.2° East to provide coverage of the Middle East and South Asia regions, where SES experiences growing customer demand. The drift began in mid-December 2011 and the satellite is expected to arrive at its new orbital location on February 6, 2012.

SES-3 is a young satellite as it was just launched in July of 2011. Once reaching 108.2° East, the planned coverage is capable of supporting such applications as video, voice, data, and end-to-end communications networks. With MAC-1 compliance and encrypted tracking, telemetry and control, the satellite is also well positioned to meet the secure communications needs of government customers.

Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, stated: "With a fleet of 49 spacecraft in orbit around the globe, SES has the operational flexibility to swiftly respond to shifting customer demand by re-deploying in-orbit capacity without affecting existing services."

Tip Osterthaler, President and CEO of SES Government Solutions added, "The relocation of the SES-3 satellite is a result of continued engagement and dialogue with our customers and in response to the growing demand for bandwidth to support critical communications capabilities. This move is a confirmation of our commitment to provide affordable and vital capability for our government customers."
 
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...A bit off topic AS ..
..But have you noticed the number of white 'slots' at lyngsat ..in our skies currently ?
4 x parked in inclined orbits in western hemiphere ..2 grey slots (ie on the move)

15 birds in white slots in the Eastern hemisphere
..up to various antics ..
Some inclined ...
..at least one 'testing'
and -9- just parked up doing nowt ...
Its mighty busy up there at the moment..
..best guess..the big shuffle prior to the olympics ???
rgds
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Yes Id noticed - and on the Flysat charts at one point there were around 7 or 8 moving across the European / west Atlantic part of the arc.

I had been thinking of posting about it as its quite unusual.
 
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