Airbus Defence and Space

Astra 1N transported to launch site

• The fourth Eurostar satellite designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for SES Astra


• Will provide Direct-to-Home television across Europe


• Five more Eurostar E3000’s for SES currently on order from Airbus Defence and Space


Toulouse, 18 May 2011 - The Astra 1N satellite designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite operator SES Astra has left Airbus Defence and Space’s facility in Toulouse, where it had undergone its final integration and test campaign. Astra 1N will now be transported to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle early July 2011.

Telecom Satellite Astra 1N SES Astra Eurostar plaftfrom from Airbus Defence and Space

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.


As prime contractor for Astra 1N, Airbus Defence and Space has supplied both the payload and the Eurostar E3000 platform for this satellite equipped with 62 transponders in the Ku frequency band. Astra 1N will have a launch mass of 5,350 kg and a spacecraft power of 13kW at the end of 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.


Airbus Defence and Space is currently in the process of designing and manufacturing five more satellites for SES based on its Eurostar E3000 platform: Astra 2E, Astra 2F, Astra 2G and Astra 5B, are scheduled for launch in several steps between 2012 and 2014 and are designed to deliver high quality broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa for SES Astra; whilst SES-6, will support SES World Skies’ growth in Latin America, offering 50 percent more C-Band capacity for the cable community, and retaining the unique capability to distribute content between the Americas and Europe on the same high powered beam.


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 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.


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Astrid Emerit (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                        Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 93

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