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 152015
 

In our previous post ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2015/06/astra-2g-new-uk-tv-satellite-news-update/ ) , we said “will be at 28 east by the 15th June.”

And we were correct.

Astra 2G arrived at 28 east, the UK TV slot, early this morning.

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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..

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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

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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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Nov 302014
 

Astra 2G Satellite – new launch date

After the scheduled launch of the Astra-2G satellite on the on November 28 was been postponed due to a malfunction of the complex command devices booster “Briz-M”, a new launch date has been announced.

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Nov 282014
 

Update of our previous post on the delay of the launch of Astra 2G ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/11/astra-2g-launch-delayed-update/ )

The scheduled launch on November 28 of the Astra-2G satellite has been postponed due to a malfunction of the complex command devices booster “Briz-M”.

But whereas some sources said the new launch date would be towards the 24th December 2014, an “industry official” said it may be launched earlier.

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Nov 252014
 

Astra 2G Satellite, and Proton rocket moved to launch pad – 23 November 2014 – Video

On the 23rd November 2014, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, commenced the roll out of the the launch vehicle (ILV) “Proton-M” with the upper stage “Breeze-M” and the spacecraft “Astra-2G” to the launch pad. The ILV is now installed on its launch pad.

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Nov 242014
 

Yesterday, November 23, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome State Commission has rolled out the launch vehicle (ILV) “Proton-M” with the upper stage “Breeze-M” and the spacecraft “Astra-2G” to the launch pad.
The transportation of te “Proton-M” to the starting position began this morning at 4:30 am MSK.

Currently, the carrier rocket with the spacecraft “Astra-2G” is located on the launcher.

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Nov 242014
 

Astra 2G satellite is the third and final new UK TV satellite for the 28.2 east orbital slot, scheduled for launch on the 28th November 2014.

However, recent reports suggest it may not be used immediately for UK TV.

Reports suggest that Astra 2G will initially be used to help secure a Luxembourg-registered orbital slot reservation that otherwise expires in January, the Luxembourg Defense Minister said.

SES’s Astra 2G satellite, built mainly to bolster existing capacity for direct-broadcast television into Britain and Ireland, will be used to “bring into use” the Luxembourg military satellite system by occupying the future GovSat slot for at least three months. That is enough, under current International Telecommunication Union rules, to preserve a reservation.

Once it has fulfilled this task, Astra 2G will be moved to its permanent location at 28.2 or 28.5 degrees east, one of SES’s key TV-broadcast orbital neighbourhoods.

So it looks as if it will be at least mid 2015 before Astra 2G is scheduled to be used for UK TV.

 



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 – this page

 

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Nov 232014
 

ILS Proton to Launch Astra 2G

ASTRA 2G is the third spacecraft of a three satellite investment programme (ASTRA 2E, 2F and 2G) that SES contracted with Airbus Defence and Space in order to provide replacement as well as incremental satellite capacity in the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East. ASTRA 2G carries 62 Ku-band transponders as well as 4 Ka-band transponders. The different beams provide coverage over the UK and Ireland, Europe and West Africa.

 

 

Launch and Satellite Details:

Payload: ASTRA 2G communications satellite
Eurostar E3000 Platform
Separated spacecraft mass: ~6,020 kg

Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lb), including payload
58.2 m (191ft)

Launch Date: November 28, 2014

Launch Time:
03:24:33 Baikonur
00:24:33 Moscow
22:24:33 Luxembourg and CET (27 Nov)
21:24:33 GMT (27 Nov)
16:24:33 EDT (27 Nov)

Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer: SES, Luxembourg

Satellite Manufacturer: Airbus Defence and Space

Launch Vehicle Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center,
Manufacturer: Russia

Launch Services
Provider:  International Launch Services, USA

Satellite Use: ASTRA 2G is the third spacecraft of a three satellite investment program (ASTRA 2E, 2F, and 2G) that SES contracted with Airbus Defence and Space in order to provide replacement as well as incremental satellite capacity in the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East. ASTRA 2G carries 62 Ku-band transponders as well as 4 Ka-band transponders. The different beams provide wide coverage over the UK and Ireland, Europe and West Africa.

The ASTRA 2G satellite will also support SATMED, an e-health platform conceived by SES and supported by the Luxembourg Government and the Ministry for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action is a satellite based communication solution aimed to improve public health in emerging and developing countries.

Satellite Statistics: __62 Ku-band transponders
__4 Ka-band transponders, including 1 interconnect
__Planned orbital location: 28.2/28.5 degrees East longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile: The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the ASTRA 2G satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M Upper Stage and the ASTRA 2G satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission manoeuvres to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous  transfer orbit. Separation of the ASTRA 2G satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit  Perigee: 4,163 km
at Separation:  Apogee: 35,736 km
Inclination: 23.0 degrees

Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics: _7th Proton launch in 2014
_2nd ILS Proton launch in 2014
_86th ILS Proton Launch Overall
_24th SES Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
_18th Airbus Defence and Space Satellite Launched on ILS Proton

 

 

 

Astra 2G Website Links:


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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Nov 212014
 

At the Baikonur launch site preparations continues for the upcoming launch of a “Proton-M” rocket with the Astra-2G satellite.

This week has seen the assembly of the Astra-2G satellite with the upper stage “Breeze-M” of the launch rocket.

International Launch Services said the Ascent Unit (AU) had been transferred to the assembly hall and mated with the Proton M launch vehicle.

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Nov 152014
 

ILS Proton to Launch Astra 2G

Payload: ASTRA 2G communications satellite
Eurostar E3000 Platform
Separated spacecraft mass: ~6,020 kg
Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M

705,000 kg (1,554,000 lb), including payload
58.2 m (191ft)

Launch Date: November 28, 2014
Launch Time:
03:24:33 Baikonur
00:24:33 Moscow
22:24:33 Luxembourg and CET (27 Nov)
21:24:33 GMT (27 Nov)
16:24:33 EDT (27 Nov)

Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Launch Pad 39
Launch Customer: SES, Luxembourg
Satellite Manufacturer: Airbus Defence and Space
Launch Vehicle: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center,
Manufacturer: Russia
Launch Services
Provider: International Launch Services, USA

Satellite Use:
ASTRA 2G is the third spacecraft of a three satellite investment program (ASTRA 2E, 2F, and 2G) that SES contracted with Airbus Defence and Space in order to provide replacement as well as incremental satellite capacity in the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East. ASTRA 2G carries 62 Ku-band transponders as well as 4 Ka-band transponders. The different beams provide wide coverage over the UK and Ireland, Europe and West Africa.

The ASTRA 2G satellite will also support SATMED, an e-health platform conceived by SES and supported by the Luxembourg Government and the Ministry for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action is a satellite based communication solution aimed to improve public health in emerging and developing countries.

Satellite Statistics:

62 Ku-band transponders
4 Ka-band transponders, including 1 interconnect
Planned orbital location: 28.2/28.5 degrees East longitude
Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the ASTRA 2G satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M Upper Stage and the ASTRA 2G satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the ASTRA 2G satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit Perigee: 4,163 km
at Separation: Apogee: 35,736 km
Inclination: 23.0 degrees

Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics: _7th Proton launch in 2014
2nd ILS Proton launch in 2014
86th ILS Proton Launch Overall
24th SES Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
18th Airbus Defence and Space Satellite Launched on ILS Proton

https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2g_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

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Oct 282014
 

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite is expected to launch from Baikonur on the 28th November 2014.

Astra 2G will replace the aging Astra 2A satellite, and will mean some reception changes for the affected Sky channels, for people in Spain and other areas of Europe.

This week the Astra 2G satellite was flown from France to Kazakhstan this week for pre-launch testing and fuelling.

However, the giant Russian Antonov aircraft carrying Astra 2G satellite to the Baikonur Cosmodrome was forced to make an emergency landing around 3am (GMT) October 28th at a remote airfield with a failed engine.

The aircraft engineers said the aircraft’s engine would be repaired and the flight resumed within a matter of hours.

The satellite, built by Airbus of France, is in a sealed, climate controlled, transportation container.

The owners of the aircraft, the Volga-Dnepr Group, say the valuable cargo was not damaged during the landing. However, sources at satellite owner SES suggest that the satellite has yet to be examined and expressed concern as to whether the inspection could take place at Baikonur, or whether the craft would have to be returned to Airbus for a full – and time-consuming – examination. This may delay the proposed launch on November 27th.

https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2g_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

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