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Astra 1KR

Astra 1KR [Lockheed Martin]

SES ASTRA ordered two new Astra satellite in June 2003. The satellites, designated Astra 1KR and Astra 1L will provide distribution of direct-to-home broadcast services across Europe following their scheduled launches in the second half of 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Astra 1KR, an all Ku-band spacecraft with 32 active transponders, will be located at 19.2 degrees East longitude.

Both spacecraft will be based on the award winning A2100AXS platform, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Newtown, Pa., and each will have a minimum service life of 15 years.

Nation: Luxembourg
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: SES Astra
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 32 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: A2100AXS
Propulsion: LEROS-1C
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4332 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Astra 1KR 2006-012A 20.04.2006 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(411)
Further Astra missions: