Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite,has arrived at the launch site at Baikonur, in preparation for its launched, scheduled for 28th November 2014.
International Launch Services (ILS), who are contracted to launch Astra 2G for SES Astra, has confirmed that Astra 2G has arrived safely in Baikonur Cosmodrome after an emergency landing en-route from France to Kazakhstan, which we reported (
Astra 2G will join Astra 2E and Astra 2F at the 28.2-5 east location, where it will provide free to air and Sky pay satellite services.
Astra 2G will complete the Astra2 fleet replacement program.
If all goes to plan, Astra 2G will be able to start broadcasting Sky and Freesat channels to the UK and Republic of Ireland anytime from February 2015.
Astra 2G is expected to take over the load from aging satellites Astra 2A and Eutelsat 28A, which currently carry a mixture of Sky subscription channels and pan-European free-to-air channels.
Astra 2G is not expected to have any impact on the main UK TV and radio services, such as BBC and ITV channels, which have already migrated to the newer Astra 2E/F satellites.