With the Central Pacific well within reach, SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG), today announced that The Nature Conservancy has secured capacity on its NSS-9 satellite to link researchers studying the Palmyra reef islands with the outside world.
Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, remote Palmyra Atoll is a National Wildlife
Refuge and part of the recently-designated Pacific Remote Islands Marine
National Monument. Here, The Nature Conservancy manages the most natural marine
laboratory in the world, where a consortium of scientists can study the islands,
reefs, lagoons and miles of oceans surrounding Palmyra in relative comfort.
Before connecting to the world via satellite technology, Palmyra was much more
isolated. SES WORLD SKIES` satellite-delivered broadband enables world-renowned
scientists from the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC) to deliver their
research findings directly from Palmyra via email and use the internet to access
other research online, collaborate with colleagues, and stay in touch with
family. PARC is a highly collaborative partnership of researchers,
conservationists and universities conducting innovative research on everything
from climate and atmospheric change, to sharks and manta rays, and coral reefs
and lagoon hydrology.
The Nature Conservancy is also tapping the NSS-9 satellite to link Palmyra to
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration`s (NOAA) worldwide tsunami
alert system and to the Conservancy`s offices in Hawaii. This connectivity
increases safety, as well as connectivity.
The 3-year agreement is a renewal of the original contract signed in 2006, when
The Nature Conservancy and PARC scientists asked SES WORLD SKIES to provide
reliable connectivity throughout one of the world`s most isolated island
“Our satellite connection is the lifeblood of a vital international research
operation in Palmyra,” explained Rico Gomez, Director of Internal Affairs for
The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii. “The value of the reach and reliability of the
satellite connectivity is immeasurable considering the long-term impact many of
the island discoveries may have on our conservation efforts worldwide,” added
“SES WORLD SKIES` NSS-9 satellite and support team are playing a critical role
in protecting island communities and exporting important new research from one
of the most isolated locations in the world,” said Andrew Ruszkowski, Vice
President of North America Enterprise Services for SES WORLD SKIES. “The
relationship between The Nature Conservancy and SES WORLD SKIES represents the
importance of science and communications without geographical limits.”
Located at 183 degrees East, NSS-9 serves the Pacific Ocean Region, which is
ideal for government users, broadcasters, carriers and the maritime industry.
NSS-9 is an all C-band satellite featuring three beams that can be
interconnected on a transponder-by-transponder basis: a global beam providing
coverage of the entire earth visible from 183 degrees East, a West Hemi beam
covering Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, China, Korea and the
Pacific Islands, and an East Hemi beam providing coverage and connectivity to
the U.S., Hawaii and Polynesia.
About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the
world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been
responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United
States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in Latin America,
the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific.
For more information about The Nature Conservancy`s Palmyra Atoll preserve,
For more information about the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium, visit
About SES WORLD SKIES
SES WORLD SKIES is the division of SES created through the combination of the
former SES NEW SKIES and SES AMERICOM. The company operates a fleet of 27
satellites – part of the 44 spacecraft of the SES group – delivering services as
diverse as television distribution and broadcast, internet access, data
transmission and business and government communications to customers worldwide.
SES WORLD SKIES currently has four additional satellites under construction. The
company’s unique customer-focused approach allows it to offer the best satellite
solutions for a host of business and government requirements, with a view toward
helping customers meet their short-term challenges and realize their longer-term
goals. SES WORLD SKIES comprises a world-class team of customer care and
technical professionals located in Princeton (NJ), The Hague, Washington, D.C.,
Singapore, Beijing, London, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Sydney, Accra and
Johannesburg. Visit www.ses.com for more information.
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators
SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES and participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat
in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure
start-up O3b Networks. SES provides outstanding satellite communications
solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites. For further information: www.ses.com