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Astra 1A

Astra 1A [SES]

The Luxembourg-based Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES) provides telecommunications services to most of Europe via American-manufactured spacecraft.

Astra 1A is based on Lockheed-Martin (GE Astro Space) spacecraft buses, a 1.0 metric ton AS-4000 series platform. Astra 1A measures 1.5 m by 1.7 m by 2.1 m with a solar panel span of 19.3 m and 2.8 kW capacity. The spacecraft carries 16 active 45 W Ku-band transponders.

Nation: Luxembourg
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: SES
Contractors: GE Astrospace
Equipment: 16 (+6) Ku-band transponders
Configuration: AS-4000
Propulsion: Star-37XFP
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1817 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Astra 1A 1988-109B 11.12.1988 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44LP H10 with Skynet 4B
Further Astra missions: