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Astra 2B


Designation 26494 / 00054A
Launch date 14 Sep 2000
Country of origin Luxemburg
Mission Direct TV
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Ariane V130

The launch of the satellite was delayed by problems experienced by manufacturers with faulty solar arrays and leaking thrusters.


Begin End Position
L: 14 Sep 2000 Oct 2000 33.5°E
Nov 2000 Feb 2013 28.2°E
Feb 2013 Jan 2014 19.2°E
Feb 2014 Oct 2014 31.3°E
Oct 2014 Jul 2016 31.3°E, inclined
Aug 2016 Nov 2016 39°E, inclined
Dec 2016 May 2017 19.4°E, inclined
Aug 2017 Apr 2018 19.6°W, inclined
Jun 2018 May 2021 19.5°E, inclined

End of life

Out of service Jun 2021
Cause Sent to the junk orbit

sat-index articles

Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)

Northern beam
Southern beam


Prime contractor Matra Marconi Space
Platform Eurostar-2000+ (#18)
Mass at launch 3315 kg
Dry mass 1400 kg
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power  
Design lifetime 15 years

Ku-band (11.7-12.5 GHz)

Main transponders 28 (30 for the first 5 years)
Backup transponders  
Power 108 W
Bandwidth 33 MHz
Coverage same as Astra 2A
EIRP max 52 dBW
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies band E & band F

Ku-band (12.5-12.75 GHz)

Main transponders 16
Backup transponders  
Coverage mobile beam: Western Africa
EIRP max  
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies band G

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