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Astra 1L, is one of the Astra geostationary satellites owned and operated by SES, was purchased in June 2003.


Launch

It was launched on 4 May 2007, at 22:29 UTC by an Ariane 5ECA from Centre Spatial Guyanais at
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, French Guiana.


Satellite description

The satellite is based on the A2100AXS
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, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Newtown,
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, and has a minimum service life of 15 years. It features 29 Ku-band and 2 Ka-band
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to service
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. SES stated that
Astra 1L Astra 1L, is one of the Astra (satellite), Astra geostationary satellites owned and operated by SES S.A., SES, was purchased in June 2003. Launch It was launched on 4 May 2007, at 22:29 Coordinated Universal Time, UTC by an Ariane 5, Ariane 5E ...
would replace Astra 2C.


See also

* SES (satellite operator) * Astra (satellite family) * Astra 19.2°E (orbital position) * Astra 2C


References

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