SES Astra’s new Astra 3B satellite is now ready for commercial operations.
The satellite has been deployed at 23.5 degrees East to deliver services to Europe and the Middle East.
Astra 3B which was built by EADS Astrium and successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on 21 May 2010, has passed all necessary in-orbit tests of the hardware and broadcasting functionalities on board.
ASTRA 3B delivers Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast services to the Benelux countries and Eastern Europe as well as services to public and private satellite communication networks across Europe and the Middle East. SES has already contracted a significant proportion of the capacity on ASTRA 3B.
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