Successful launch for Astra 2E
Editor | 30-09-2013
Leading satellite operator SES has announced the successful initial launch phase of its new ASTRA 2E craft aboard an ILS Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Built by Astrium of France and based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, ASTRA 2E carries 60 Ku-band transponders, as well as 4 Ka-band transponders. The satellite has been designed to enable the delivery of next-generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the highly popular neighbourhood of 28.2/28.5 degrees East.
ASTRA 2E is be the seventh Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the launch of SES-6 in June 2013 and ASTRA 2F in September 2012.
After launching on schedule, SES subsequently confirmed successful first, second and third-stage separations and ignition of the Breeze M booster rocket.