September 27, 2013 09.50 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul
SES has announced that the Astra 2E satellite is set to launch on board an ILS Proton vehicle from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, this coming Monday (September 30).
Lift off has been set for 03.41 local time (23.41 CET and 17.41 EDT on September 29).
Astra 2E was built by France’s Astrium and will employ the reliable Eurostar E3000 platform.
It carries 60 Ku-band and 4 Ka-band transponders and will allow for the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East.
It will have a launch mass of 6 tonnes, wingspan of 40m once deployed and a spacecraft power of 13kW at the end of its 15-year design life cycle.
Astra 2E will be the seventh Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the successful launch of SES-6 in June this year and Astra 2F in September 2012.
A live broadcast of the launch in HD will be available via Astra at 19.2 degrees East channel 1.037, downlink frequency 11023.25 MHz, horizontal polarization, Symbol rate 22.00 MSym/s, FEC 5/6, service ID 5221, service name Astra 2E Launch.
A webcast will also be available via www.ilslaunch.com.
The video transmission of the launch of Astra 2E will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff.