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ASTRA 2E successfully launched
01 October 2013 @ 13:33

Last night SES successfully launched its 54th satellite ASTRA 2E at 3:38 am Baikonur time (23:38 CET and 17:38 EDT on September 29).

The spacecraft will be deployed at the 28.2/28.5 degrees orbital arc and will provide significant capacity expansion over Europe.

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

Based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, the spacecraft carries 60 Ku-band transponders, including 12 incremental transponders for delivery of services outside Europe, as well as 4 Ka-band transponders. It will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ASTRA 2E, which  had a launch mass of 6 tonnes, will feature a wingspan of 40m once its solar arrays are deployed in orbit, generating 13 kW of spacecraft power at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.  

See more at: http://www.ses.com/16089724/2013-09-30-ASTRA-2E-successfully-launched#sthash.im1uI6Yh.dpuf



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