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Astra 1H


Designation 25785 / 99033A
Launch date 18 Jun 1999
Country of origin Luxemburg
Mission Direct TV
Geostationary orbit 19.2°E
Launch vehicle Proton #267

Supports the Broadband Interactive system (BBI) which allow data uplink upto 2 Mbps via Ka-band.


Begin End Position
L: 18 Jun 1999 Aug 1999 22°E
Aug 1999 Aug 2012 19.2°E
Aug 2012 May 2013 19.2°E inclined
Jun 2013 Nov 2013 52.2°E, inclined
Jan 2014 May 2014 19.5°E, inclined
Sep 2014 May 2015 67.6°W, inclined
Jun 2015 Apr 2016 47.7°W, inclined
Aug 2016 Dec 2016 55.3°E, inclined
Jan 2017 Oct 2017 43.5°E, inclined
Feb 2018 Sep 2018 67.1°W, inclined
Oct 2018 Dec 2018 80.8°W, inclined
Feb 2019 Oct 2019 67.1°W, inclined

End of life

Out of service Oct 2019
Cause sent to junk orbit

External resources

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)

Astra 1H


Prime contractor Hughes
Platform HS-601HP
Mass at launch 3690 kg
Mass in orbit 2300 kg
Dimension stowed: 3.3 x 3.3 x 5.5 m
Solar array 26 m span, gallium arsenide
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 8000 W
Design lifetime 15 years

XIPS propulsion

Ku-band backup

Main transponders 28 (30 for the first 5 years)
Backup transponders  
Power 98.5 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth 26 MHz in FSS, 33 MHZ in BSS
Coverage Western Europe
EIRP max 51 dBW
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies band E & band F & band G


Main transponders
Backup transponders
Power 70 W
EIRP max  

Nortel will provide the ground systems and satellite terminals. The terminals will feature 60 to 120 cm antennas and transmit at speeds from 150 kbps to 2 Mbps.

8 active upload channels.

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