SES reports successful ASTRA 2G launch

DetailsEditor | 29 December 2014

After a nine hour, 12 minute launch mission on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster, the new ASTRA 2G satellite has been successfully released the into geostationary transfer orbit.

SES 29DecThe satellite, built for SES by Airbus Defence and Space and based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, will be deployed at the 28.2/28.5 orbital arc carrying 62 Ku-band transponders, as well as four Ka-band transponders. It will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In combination with ASTRA 2E and ASTRA 2F, which were launched in September 2012 and 2013 respectively, ASTRA 2G is the culmination of SES's fleet renewal programme at the neighbourhood at which the operator believes that the new craft will provide more focused and higher power to broadcast customers. Three more E3000s by Airbus Defence and Space are currently in production for SES, namely the SES-10, SES-11 and SES-12.

"We would like to congratulate Airbus Defence and Space and ILS for the successful ASTRA 2G mission, a launch that marks the 24th SES satellite to be launched by ILS Proton, and the ninth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet," commented SES chief technology officer Martin Hallowell. "The ASTRA 2G satellite completes our significant replacement investments at a strategic orbital neighbourhood over Europe and provides ten incremental transponders for expansion while cementing our unique co-positioning satellite back-up scheme."