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Astra 1N and Ariane 5 – another double prime for Airbus Defence and Space

• Airbus Defence and Space is the prime industrial contractor for both the Astra 1N satellite and the Ariane 5 launch vehicle

• Astra 1N will deliver direct-to-home services across Europe

• The scheduled launch will be the fourth Ariane 5 launch since February

Kourou, 28 June 2011 - The Astra 1N satellite, designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite operator SES Astra, has been fully fuelled and has been integrated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle at the European spaceport in French Guiana.

Scheduled for launch on 01 July, Astra 1N will deliver direct-to-home (DTH) services, including digital and high definition (HD) television with pan-European coverage, and is planned to mainly serve the German, French and Spanish markets. It will first provide interim capacity at 28.2°E, and will subsequently be moved to SES Astra’s prime location at 19.2°E for primary and backup services.

Airbus Defence and Space is also the industrial prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle that will place Astra 1N in orbit. The scheduled launch will be the fourth Ariane 5 mission since February – an average of one launch every month from Kourou.

Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, Astra 1N is equipped with over 50 active Ku-band transponders. Astra 1N will have a launch mass of 5,300 kg and a spacecraft power of 13kW for its 15-year designed lifetime. Launch and Early Orbit Phase operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse

Astra 1N will be the fourth Eurostar satellite in the Astra fleet following the successful launch of Astra 3B in May 2010. Astra 1N will also become the 23rd Eurostar E3000 in orbit, with Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar series accumulating nearly 400 years of successful in-orbit operations.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                    Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41