Launch Updates

Successful Launches: 

ASTRA 2E lift-off
Credit: ILS                                            


ASTRA 2E


30 September, 2013 marks the successful launch of the ASTRA 2E satellite. Located at the 28.2/ 28.5° East orbital arc, this satellite offers:

  • Direct intra-regional connectivity in the Middle East; capable of cross-strapping between EU/ME
  • Serves VSAT, broadband and broadcast services across Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Brings prime capacity over the Middle East to include full coverage of the entire Arabian peninsula and Afghanistan
  • Ideal for domestic and Pan Arabian VSAT networks, government and broadband applications

Click here to watch the successful launch of ASTRA 2E!


SES-6

The first SES satellite to feature dedicated mobility beams, SES-6 covers the North Atlantic trade routes and it is now in full operational mode.

  • Replaces NSS-806
  • Located in the 40.5° W orbital position
  • Expanded Ku-band payload supports mobility services, VSAT services, DTH platforms and government digital inclusion programmes

 

SES-8

Launched on 3 December, 2013 SES-8 will be co-located with NSS-6 to provide growth capacity over Asia Pacific.

  • First geostationary satellite to be launched by SpaceX using a Falcon 9 rocket
  • Supports the rapid growth of the South Asia and Indo-China markets 
  • Provides expansion capacity for VSAT, government applications and DTH platforms

 

 
Upcoming Launches:


ASTRA 5B


Targeted for launch in January 2014, ASTRA 5B at 31.5°E will provide coverage over Eastern Europe and Russia.

  • Extended transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European 
  • Carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)