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SES: Astra 5B Satellite Launch Campaign Kicked Off in Kourou

Wednesday, November 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Owen
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Luxembourg, November 6th, 2013 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the ASTRA 5B satellite has safely arrived at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. The spacecraft is now being processed for launch on board an Ariane 5 rocket scheduled for lift-off December 6, 2013. 

   ASTRA 5B was built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France, based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will be located at the orbital position of 31.5 degrees East and is equipped with 40 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as 3 Ka-band transponders. ASTRA 5B 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. The spacecraft also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

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