Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SES Readies Next Satellite Launch

Eleven days after the successful launch of the SES-6 satellite on board an ILS Proton booster, the company's next satellite has safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in anticipation of a July 21 launch.

ASTRA 2E, which was built for SES by Astrium of France, uses the Eurostar E3000 platform and carriers 60 Ku-band transponders, as well as 3 wideband Ka-band transponders. It will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the neighborhood of 28.2° East.

ASTRA 2E will be the seventh Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the successful launch of SES-6 in June 2013 and ASTRA 2F in September 2012.