Airbus Defence and Space

ASTRA 2E Satellite ready for launch

• Latest state-of-the-art broadcast satellite ASTRA 2E is the seventh Eurostar spacecraft designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for SES

• ASTRA 2E to provide next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa

27 September 2013 - The ASTRA 2E satellite, designed and manufactured for satellite operator SES by Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s number two space technology company, is ready to be launched on 29 September (9:38 PM GMT) by an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, ASTRA 2E will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads. It will deliver next generation broadcast and broadband services across Europe, Middle East and Africa from the orbital neighbourhood of 28.2° East.

ASTRA 2E will have a launch mass of 6 tonnes, a wingspan of 40m once its solar arrays are deployed in orbit, and a spacecraft power of 13kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime. ASTRA 2E is equipped with 60 Ku-band transponders, and 4 Ka-band transponders that include 1 interconnect. Launch and Early Orbit Phase operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.

ASTRA 2E will be the seventh Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the successful launch of SES-6 in June 2013 and ASTRA 2F in September 2012. Two more Eurostar E3000 for SES (ASTRA 5B and ASTRA 2G) are currently in final integration and tests in Airbus Defence and Space facilities.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.


Press contacts

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

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

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