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ASTRA 2F shipped to launch site

• ASTRA 2F is the fifth Eurostar satellite designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for SES
• First of a series of four ASTRA satellites ordered simultaneously
• ASTRA 2F to provide next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa

20 August 2012 - The ASTRA 2F satellite, designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space for the satellite operator SES, has left Airbus Defence and Space’s facility in Toulouse, where it had undergone its final integration and test campaign. ASTRA 2F will now be transported to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle at the end of September 2012.

ASTRA 2F will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and will carry Ku- and Ka-band payloads at the prime orbital location of 28.2°East.

As prime contractor for ASTRA 2F, Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading company for space technologies, has supplied both the payload operating in Ku and Ka frequency bands and the Eurostar E3000 platform. ASTRA 2F will have a launch mass of 6,000 kg, 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. Launch and Early Orbit Phase operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.

ASTRA 2F will be the fifth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the successful launch of ASTRA 1N in August 2011. ASTRA 2F will also become the 28th Eurostar E3000 in orbit, with

Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar series accumulating more than 400 years of successful in-orbit operations, of which more than 100 years have already been achieved by the latest Eurostar E3000 version.

ASTRA 2F is the first in a series of four ASTRA satellites ordered simultaneously in late 2009 and scheduled for launch in several steps between 2012 and 2014. The second, ASTRA 2E, is already assembled and is undergoing final testing in Toulouse. The two other satellites in the series, ASTRA 5B and ASTRA 2G, are at earlier stages of production, as is also SES-6, a fifth satellite subsequently ordered by SES.

Click here to download the artist view of Astra 2F (copyright : © Airbus Defence and Space / 2009)

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment; Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, 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 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.

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