Astra 2B


International Sat. n°:

Luxembourg spacecraft n°: 10

Launch data:

Designation 26494 / 00054A
Launch date 14 Sep 2000 - 22:54:07 UT
Launch siteKo, ELA-3
Launch vehicleAriane-5G (V130 - 506)
MissionCommercial: Direct TV
Geostationary orbit on:
Perigee / Apogee 35772 x 35801 km
Eccentricity 3.44E-04
Inclination 0.07 deg
Period 1436.11 min
Location 28.2°E

The launch of the satellite was delayed by problems experienced by manufacturers with faulty solar arrays and leaking thrusters.


Prime contractorAstrium (FR/UK/Germ)
Platform Eurostar-2000+ (#18)
OperatorSES Astra
Mass at launch 3315 kg
Dry mass 1400 kg
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 7800 W
Design lifetime 15 years


 Oct 2009 28.22° E 

Tested at 33.5°E. Declared operational on 13 Nov 2000.

Ku-band (11.7-12.5 GHz)

Main transponders 28 (30 for the first 5 years)
Backup transponders  
Power 108 W
Bandwidth 26 MHz in FSS, 33 MHz in BSS
Coverage same as Astra 2A
EIRP max 52 dBW
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies band E& band F

Ku-band (12.5-12.75 GHz):

Main transponders 16
Backup transponders  
Coverage mobile beam
EIRP max  
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies band G

Direct-to-home; broadcasting, multimedia; 30 Ku-band for first five years, 28 after; UK and Ireland.

Astrophilately covers:


Launch cancel Kourou.
Note: wrong data cancel: 'XI' in place of 'IX'


Headquarter cancel Paris

Credit covers: J.VdDr.

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