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Astra 1N



Astra 1N, a commercial communications satellite, was launched on 06 August 2011 from Kourou at 22:52 UT. The satellite was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket and weighed 5.35 kg. Astra 1N is part of the Astra Satellite System, and will provide direct-to-home digital and high-definition television. It will initially be positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 28.2 degrees E longitude, where it will provide services for the United Kingdom and Ireland before being relocated to 19.2 degrees E to serve Germany, France and Spain. The spacecraft's communications payload features 52 active Ku-band transponders. Its solar panels will stretch more than 130 feet across when fully extended in orbit. Astra 1N has a 15 year service life and is designed to generate at least 13 KW of power at the end of its service life.

Alternate Names

  • 37775
  • Astra1N

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-08-06
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 5350 kg
Nominal Power: 13074 W

Funding Agency

  • Societe Europeenne des Satellites (Luxembourg) (Luxembourg)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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