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Home Broadcasting Satellite Launch Delayed

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SES Astra
: 29 March, 2010  (New Product)
The launch of the Astra 3B satellite for direct-to-home broadcasting in Europe has been delayed at the Kourou Space Centre due to a technical fault on the launcher sub-system
SES Astra has announced that the launch of its new Astra 3B satellite has been postponed due to an anomaly that occurred in a launcher subsystem.

The satellite had been fully integrated into the fairing of the launch vehicle, an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, and was due to be launched into space from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana.

The launch service provider, Arianespace, has decided to execute the necessary technical replacements and to postpone the launch for several days. The launch vehicle and its payload, the Astra 3B and ComsatBW-2 satellite, have been placed in stand-by mode and maintained in fully safe conditions.

The new Astra satellite was built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France using a Eurostar E3000 platform.

Astra 3B will be located at 23.5 degrees East, Astra's orbital position for delivering Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast services mainly to the Benelux and Eastern Europe as well as two-way broadband services across Europe and the Middle East. It will allow SES Astra to extend the geographical coverage and the service to customers and offer Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV reception from Spain to the Black Sea. It will also help SES Astra to further optimise the spectrum use at 23.5 degrees East. Astra 3B will join Astra 3A and enable SES Astra to release its satellites Astra 1E and Astra 1G for other missions. Astra 1E and Astra 1G are currently positioned at 23.5 degrees East.

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