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Astra 1F


Designation 23842 / 96021A
Launch date 8 Apr 1996
Country of origin Luxemburg
Mission Direct TV
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Proton #241

Launch cost: $60 million


Begin End Position
L: 8 Apr 1996 Aug 2009 19.2°E
Aug 2009 Jan 2010 57°E
Jan 2010 May 2010 51°E
Sep 2011 Feb 2015 55°E, used by Gazprom to cover Western Russia
Mar 2015 Oct 2020 44.5°E

End of life

Out of service Oct 2020
Cause Sent to junk orbit

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW) at 19.2°E

Horizontal polarization mode 1
Horizontal polarization mode 2
Vertical polarization mode 1
Vertical polarization mode 2


Prime contractor Hughes
Platform HS-601
Mass at launch 3010 kg
Mass in orbit 1900 kg
Dimension stowed: 2.7 x 3.2 x 4.3 m
Solar array 26 m span
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power BOL: 4700 W
Design lifetime 13 years
Beacon 11.20100 vertical
10.94650 horizontal

Ku-band (12.1-12.5 GHz)

Main transponders 20 or 22?
Backup transponders
Power 82 W
Bandwidth 33 MHz
Coverage Europe
EIRP max 52 dBW
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies downlink: band E
uplink: 17.7-18.1 GHz

Backup for band A & band E

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