Aug 182014
 

International Launch Services (ILS) is the company contracted by Astra to launch the thirds and final new UK TV satellite, Astra 2G.

ILS generally use Russian Proton rockets for their launches.

Recently ILS has said that it had reduced its forecasted launch rate of Russian Proton rockets to three to four per year from seven to eight missions previously planned.

ILS has been suffering from two main issues that have put pressure on its launches.

The first is the spate of failures aboard the venerable Proton vehicle, all seemingly caused by disparate workforce-quality issues. These failures have occurred on Russian government missions but have nonetheless affected ILS, in large part by grounding the Proton.

The second is the rising tension between Russia and the West about Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. While this issue and the related Western sanctions against Russia have not yet forced ILS customers to cancel their launch plans, it has made it more difficult for ILS to regain traction in the market as it rebounds from the launch anomalies.

ILS expects to assemble a review board in September to assess the results of a Russian investigation into the May 2014 Proton failure. The review, Slack said, will likely permit Proton to return to commercial flights this autumn.

Slack said that under current planning, which could change, the Proton rocket is scheduled to return to flight starting in late September or early October with back-to-back launches for the Russian government.

Once these two launches are completed, there is likely will be room for two more Proton missions in 2014. He said ILS is likely to be assigned at least one of these, in which case it would launch the Astra 2G television satellite, owned by SES of Luxembourg.

Slack said it was too soon to determine ILS’s schedule after the SES launch until Proton’s overall manifest was made more clear by Russian government authorities.
So from this, we can expect the launch of Astra 2G to happen late 2014.

 

  7 Responses to “Astra 2G – final new UK TV satellite – launch information update”

  1. Thanks for the information.

  2. Will this new satellite affect those of us living in Spain
    I do still have my 2.4 m dish
    Thanks Geoff

    • Yes 2G will affect Spain.
      Some areas may notice no change, others change for the better, others change for the worse.
      All depends where you are in Spain, what sized dish you have and which 2G beam (UK or European) channels are moved to.

  3. Will this affect Cyprus (eastern side)? I lost everything a few months ago – as did the rest of us in our block of flats – probably a dish problem. Trying to decide on whether to get it repaired or cancel my subscription if there is no hope of getting any channels anyway.

    Thanks

    • Astra 2G is expected to have the same specification as the previous two new UK TV satellites – 2E and 2F.
      So if you are unable to receive anything from 2E and 2F in your area of Cyprus, then it will be unlikely you can receive anything from the new satellite also.

  4. hi
    I live in north Tenerife we get lots more channels than we did 3 years ago
    but no itv bbc or channel 5 what can we expect when 2g starts to broadcast

    thanks henry

    • BBC ITV C4s and Fives are not expected to move from their current satellites (2Ee and 2F) to 2G, so you can expect pretty much the same as to day as regards to their reception.
      It is thought the Sky pay and less popular free channels on Astra 2A and Eutelsat 28a will move to 2G when it becomes operational later this year. Where you are you may see some changes in reception, some channels maybe for the better, some for the worst – see the current Sky pay channels as a guide.

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