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Astra 2B

Astra 2B [Astrium]

Astra 2B was ordered from Astrium by the Luxembourg-based European operator Société Européenne de Satellites (SES) to complement its strong fleet of satellites providing direct-to-home (DTH) transmission of TV, radio and multimedia services. Launched in September 2000, Astra 2B is located in geostationary orbit at 28.2 degrees East, offering direct-to-home TV broadcast in Ku-band over central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Both the spacecraft (based on the Eurostar-2000+ version of the company's Eurostar series) and its payload were designed and built by Astrium.

Nation: Luxembourg
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: SES
Contractors: Astrium
Equipment: 30 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-2000+
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 14 years
Mass: 3315 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Astra 2B 2000-054A 14.09.2000 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5G with GE 7
Further Astra missions: