Satellite fleet operator Ariane 5 rocket, has begun commercial service at its 28.2 degrees east longitude orbital position.of Luxembourg announced Oct. 24 that its Astra 1N television broadcasting satellite, which was launched in August aboard a European
Astra 1N, built by Europe’s Astrium Satellites based on that company’s Eurostar E3000 platform, is equipped with 52 transponders operating in the Ku-band. The spacecraft weighed 5,325 kilograms at launch and is the fourth Eurostar platform in SES’s fleet, which consists of 49 satellites, the satellite operator said in a press release.
From its orbital slot, which covers Europe, Astra 1N is transmitting television programming as well as supporting SES’s Astra2Connect satellite-based broadband service. SES also offers the Astra2Connect service from its 23.5 degrees east orbital slot, SES said.