Launch Updates

Successful Launches: 

ASTRA 2E lift-off
Credit: ILS                                            


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!


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



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:


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)