Astra 1B [SES]
The Luxembourg-based Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES) provides telecommunications services to most of Europe via American-manufactured spacecraft.
In 1989 SES acquired the incomplete Satcom K3 and modified it for the use as a european direct broadcasting satellite.
Astra 1B is based on Lockheed-Martin (GE Astro Space) spacecraft buses, a 1.5 metric ton AS-5000 series platform. Astra 1B has overall dimensions of 2.2 m by 2.2 m by 2.8 m with a solar panel span of 24.3 m and 4.9 kW. The spacecraft carries 16 active 60W Ku-band transponders.
|Type / Application:||Communication (Direct Broadcasting)|
|Equipment:||16 (+6) Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||2580 kg (2617 kg ?)|
|Astra 1B (ex Satcom K3)||02.03.1991||Ko ELA-2||Ariane-44LP H10||with Meteosat 5|