Astra 2E satellite slated for launch on September 30Friday, September 27th, 2013
54th SES satellite to be orbited by ILS Proton
LUXEMBOURG — SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the ASTRA 2E satellite is scheduled for launch on board an ILS Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 30th, 2013. Liftoff of the Proton launch vehicle is slated for 03:38 am Baikonur time (23:38 CET and 17:38 EDT on September 29).
ASTRA 2E was built for SES by Astrium of France. Based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, the spacecraft carries 60 Ku-band transponders, 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 from the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East. ASTRA 2E will have a launch mass of 6 tonnes, a wingspan of 40m once its solar arrays are deployed in orbit, and a spacecraft power of 13kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.
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.
A live broadcast of the launch in high definition quality will be available via ASTRA at the orbital position of 19.2 degrees East, channel 1.037, downlink frequency 11023.25 MHz, horizontal polarization, Symbol rate 22.00 MSym/s, FEC 5/6, service ID 5221, service name ASTRA 2E Launch.
A webcast will also be available via www.ilslaunch.com. The video transmission of the launch of ASTRA 2E will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff.