Astra 2C is on the move

Satellite operator SES is shortly to move its Astra 2C craft from 28.2 deg East to a new home at 31.5 deg East, taking over the mission formerly carried out by Astra 5A which is no longer in service.

Astra 2C will be moved to 31.5 deg East in April 2009 and will remain there for approximately one year. In the meantime, the services transmitted via 28.2 degrees East will continue to be broadcast from the other satellites co-located at this orbital position. Astra 2C will be able to operate 24 transponders at 31.5 deg East, “thereby continuing the commercialization of this orbital position,” says SES.

Following the launch of Astra 3B later this year and its subsequent deployment, another in-orbit satellite will be moved to 31.5 deg East, permitting the return of Astra 2C to 28.2 degrees East and to enhance capacity at this orbital position.

Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO of SES Astra, said: “The move of Astra 2C demonstrates our strong commitment to develop 31.5 degrees East into an important position, especially for Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time our fleet flexibility allows us to redeploy Astra 2C at 28.2 degrees East after the launch of Astra 3B in order to serve the growth in the UK market, particularly coming from High Definition (HD) broadcast services.”