Next-generation SES Satellite now in orbit

The SES Astra 2G satellite, which will enable next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has been successfully delivered into orbit.

The Astra 2G satellite rocketed into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster on December 27. After a 9-hour, 12-minute mission, the Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket successfully released the ASTRA 2G satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.

Astra 2G, which had a launch mass of 6 tons, features a wingspan of 40 meters, generating 13 kW of spacecraft power at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.

Martin Halliwell, SES chief technology officer, said: “The Astra 2G satellite completes our significant replacement investments at a strategic orbital neighbourhood over Europe and provides 10 incremental transponders for expansion while cementing our unique co-positioning satellite back-up-scheme.

“The spacecraft furthermore includes the capability to connect West Africa to Europe via Ka-band. In combination with Astra 2E and Astra 2F which were launched in September 2012 and 2013 respectively, Astra 2G is the culmination of our fleet renewal programme at the 28.2/28.5 degrees orbital arc. The new state-of-the-art SES satellites provide more focused and higher power to our broadcast customers, while the Ka-band on board supports the delivery of next-generation satellite broadband services as well as intercontinental connectivity between Africa and Europe.”

With the launch of Astra 2G, SES also supports SATMED, an e-health platform which enables communication between doctors and aims to improve public health in emerging and developing countries, most significantly in isolated areas with poor connectivity. SATMED is developed by SES and supported by the Luxembourg Government and the Ministry for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action.

DTG Staff  |  09.01.2015

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