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Astra 3B



Astra 3B, a European (Luxembourg) communication satellite, was launched from Kourou on 21 May 2010 at 22:01 UT. The craft weighed 5,472 kg and was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite carries 60 Ku-band and four Ka-band transponders and is designed for the distribution of both direct-to-home broadcast services and two-way broadband services across Europe and the Middle East. It will be positioned at the increasingly important 23.5° E orbital position. Astra 3B has a design life of 15 years and will replace two aging satellites, Astra 1E and Astra 1G.

Alternate Names

  • 36581
  • Astra3B

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2010-05-21
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • European Space Agency (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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