This month's scheduled launch of the new satellite Astra 3B.

Satellite: Astra 3B

The launch "Astra 3B" is scheduled for Jan. 27 from Baikonur, Kourou in French Guiana, rocket "Ariane 5".

The satellite will be equipped with 52 Ku-band transponders and 4 Ka-band transponders. Astra 3B would be located in geostationary orbit at distances 23.5E, where the satellite will join orbital SES-Astra. The European telecommunications spacecraft "Astra 3B" made sputnikostroitelnym concern, "EADS Astrium" platform-based "Eurostar-3000" lifetime of 15 years. The task of the satellite to provide DTH services and two-way Internet customers throughout Europe, in particular for the "Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which are particularly needed in this position.