Jun 182015
 

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite at the Astra 28 east slot is now live and carrying channels.

Although at the time of writing there has been no official statement from SES or any broadcasters.

But about a dozen frequencies have moved to Astra 2G from Astra 2E, Astra 2F and the aging Eutelsat 28A over the last few days.

As a result of these moves, most UK viewers should see a slight improvement in signal.

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Jun 172015
 

Nothing is 100% certain at the moment but there are reports that a number of frequencies and channels moved to the new Astra 2G satellite over night.
This was slightly unexpected, as it was thought that they would remain on Astra 2E and Astra 2F.
However, it may be that they needed to move to help “spread the load” over the three Astra satellites.

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Jun 102015
 

Astra 2G Satellite : News Update : 10 June 2015 :
Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite is now slowly moving towards the UK TV slot at 28 east.
At the time of writing it is at 32 degrees east, and as it is moving at about 0.5 degrees a day, will be at 28 east by the 15th June.

Once in position, it is expected that channels on the aging and failing Eutelsat 28A will be moved to Astra 2G. Also some channels from the two other new satellites, Astra 2E and Astra 2F, will also move to Astra 2G.

Which channels, and onto what beam will not be known until they do move.

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Feb 212015
 

Astra 2G- the final new UK TV satellite – news update

Astra 2G is the third and final new UK TV satellite for the 28 east location.

ASTRA 2G was successfully launched at the end of December 2014.

It was expected that Astra 2G would be operational at 28 east for UK TV sometime early 2015.

Now, the satellites owners and operators, SES, have stated that the Astra 2G satellite is currently undertaking an interim mission, after which in-orbit testing will be completed prior to its entry into service during the second quarter of 2015.

It is understood that this interim mission is as a place holder to secure another satellite location.

 

So no Astra 2G testing has yet started..

Jan 162015
 

The builder of the Astra-2G UK TV satellite, Airbus Defence & Space, has said that the Astra 2G satellite has successfully completed its first test phase.

Astra 2G has now been officially handed over to SES.

Astra 2G satellite was launched on 27 December 2014 using an International Launch Services rocket from the Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan.

Launch and Early Orbit Phase operations have been conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse. A series of manoeuvres enabled the satellite to reach geostationary orbit on 2 January, the solar arrays and antenna reflectors have been successfully deployed and the satellite has acquired final Earth pointing. All spacecraft functions are performing as expected.

Astra 2G is based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. It carries 62 Ku-band transponders as well as 4 Ka-band transponders. It will provide next generation broadcast and broadband services to the UK and Ireland, Europe and West Africa. It had a launch mass of 6 tonnes, has a wingspan of 40m in orbit, and a spacecraft power of 13kW until the end of its 15-year design lifetime.

The Astra 2G satellite will eventually be placed in the 28.2/28.5 degrees East orbital slot, joining the Astra 2E and Astra 2F satellites for UK satellite TV, for provision of Freesat and Sky satellite TV services to the UK and Europe.



Astra 2G Satellite Information – Reception in Costa Blanca and Spain

Astra 2G Satellite Information – Signal Footprint Reception Maps
Astra 2G Satellite Information – Transponders, Frequencies and Channels
Astra 2G Satellite Information – Images and Pictures
Astra 2G Satellite Specifications and Launch Details
Astra 2G News Updates and Testing Information

Jan 092015
 

Astra 2G has been successfully deployed in geo-stationary orbit.

Astra 2G is currently located at 21.04º E.

The solar arrays and reflector antennas have been deployed and the satellite has acquired final Earth pointing.

Astra 2G Testing should begin shortly.



Astra 2G Satellite Information – Reception in Costa Blanca and Spain

Astra 2G Satellite Information – Signal Footprint Reception Maps
Astra 2G Satellite Information – Transponders, Frequencies and Channels
Astra 2G Satellite Information – Images and Pictures
Astra 2G Satellite Specifications and Launch Details
Astra 2G News Updates and Testing Information

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