ASTRA 5B arrives at Kourou, readies for launch!

Earlier today, the ASTRA 5B satellite safely arrived at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. There, it will be prepared for launch on board an Ariane 5 rocket. ASTRA 5B, built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, will be the eighth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet.

It will be located at the orbital position of 31.5 degrees East and will extend SES' transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European and neighbouring markets for DTH, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks.

To learn more please read press release here