Satellite operator SES Astra is looking to replace its 1H spacecraft with a new satellite, Astra 1M.
The Luxembourg-based company said Astra 1M would provide in-orbit backup for the Astra fleet at 19.2 degrees East, and would carry 32 active Ku-band transponders.
SES Astra said the new satellite was being procured "ahead of the projected satellite replacement schedule in order to provide additional security to support SES Astra's growth at the 28.2 degree East orbital position serving the UK and Irish markets".
So the 4 SES Satellite positions for Europe will look like this in a few months time:-
Astra-1M to launch summer 2008,
Astra-1C may be retired,
Astra-1D leased or sold to Turksat now operating at 31 east with Turkish feeds promoting Digiturk,
Sirius-3 may move to 28.2 east to back up Astra 2D for Freesat BBC/ITV/Ch-4 as this can provide a small footprint if positioned with UK beam as it did with the Nordic beam, we will see..