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Astra 1L, is one of the Astra
geostationary satellite A geostationary orbit, also referred to as a geosynchronous equatorial orbit''Geostationary orbit'' and ''Geosynchronous (equatorial) orbit'' are used somewhat interchangeably in sources. (GEO), is a circular geosynchronous orbit above Earth ...
s owned and operated by
SES SES, S.E.S., Ses and similar variants can refer to: Business and economics * Socioeconomic status * Scottish Economic Society, a learned society in Scotland * SES, callsign of the TV station SES/RTS (Mount Gambier, South Australia) * SES S.A., a ...
, was purchased in June 2003.


Launch

It was launched on 4 May 2007, at 22:29 UTC by an
Ariane 5ECA
Ariane 5ECA
from
Centre Spatial Guyanais The Guiana Space Centre (french: Centre Spatial Guyanais; CSG) also called Europe's Spaceport is a French and European spaceport to the northwest of Kourou in French Guiana French Guiana ( or ; french: Guyane ) is an overseas departme ...
at
Kourou Kourou () is a in , an and of France in South America. It is an administrative district in French Guiana and the main town there. Within the Kourou district lies the , the main of France and the . Geography Some northwest of the French ...

Kourou
, French Guiana.


Satellite description

The satellite is based on the
A2100AXSThe A2100 is a communications satellite spacecraft spacecraft bus, model made by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in the 1990s-2010s for telecommunications in geosynchronous orbit, as well as GOES-R weather satellites and GPS Block IIIA satellites. Th ...
satellite bus A satellite bus or spacecraft bus is a general model on which multiple-production satellite spacecraft are often based. The bus is the infrastructure of the spacecraft, usually providing locations for the Payload (air and space craft), payload (typ ...
, manufactured by
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
, Newtown,
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Pennsylvania
, and has a minimum service life of 15 years. It features 29
Ku-band The Ku band () is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of frequencies (the spectrum A spectrum (plural ''spectra'' or ''spectrums'') is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of ...
and 2
Ka-band The Ka band (pronounced as either "kay-ay band" or "ka band") is a portion of the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum defined as frequency, frequencies in the range 26.5–40 gigahertz (GHz), i.e. wavelengths from slightly over o ...
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to service
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Europe
. SES stated that
Astra 1L Astra 1L, is one of the Astra geostationary satellite A geostationary orbit, also referred to as a geosynchronous equatorial orbit''Geostationary orbit'' and ''Geosynchronous (equatorial) orbit'' are used somewhat interchangeably in source ...
would replace Astra 2C.


See also

*
SES SES, S.E.S., Ses and similar variants can refer to: Business and economics * Socioeconomic status * Scottish Economic Society, a learned society in Scotland * SES, callsign of the TV station SES/RTS (Mount Gambier, South Australia) * SES S.A., a ...
(satellite operator) * Astra (satellite family) * Astra 19.2°E (orbital position) *
Astra 2C Astra 2C is one of the Astra (satellites), Astra communications satellites owned and operated by SES S.A., Société Eurpéenne des Satellites. Designed to join Astra 2A and Astra 2B at the Astra 28.2°E orbital position providing digital televis ...


References

Astra satellites Satellites of Luxembourg Spacecraft launched in 2007 2007 in spaceflight 2007 in Luxembourg Satellites using the A2100 bus {{communications-satellite-stub