Astra 3A


International Sat. n:

Luxembourg spacecraft n: 13

Launched together with JCSAT-8

Launch data:

Designation 27400 / 02015B
Launch date 29 Mar 2002 - 01:29 UT
Launch site Ko, ELA-2 (ELA-3?)
Launch vehicle Ariane-44L (V149)
Mission Commercial: Direct TV
Geostationary orbit:
Perigee / Apogee 35770 x 35804 km
Eccentricity 4.03E-04
Inclination 0.06 deg
Period 1436.07 min


Prime contractor Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS)
Platform HS-376HP
Operator SES Astra
Mass at launch 1495 kg
Dry mass 750 kg
Dimension 3.15 x 2.17 x 2.17 m (7.97 m height deployed)
Solar array  
Stabilization spin-stabilized
DC power EOL: 1525 W
Design lifetime 10 years


   23.5° E 
 Oct 2009  23.48° E 

Replaced DFS 3. Tested at 24.2E.


Main transponders 21 (20 at EOL)
Backup transponders  
Power 30 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage Optimized for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
EIRP max  
G/T max  
Frequencies: downlink: 11.45-11.70 and 12.50-12.75 GHz

20 transponders; provide follow-on capacity for the Kopernikus satellite of Deutsche Telekom AG, contracted for 10 transponders on spacecraft; German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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