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Astra 2D


Designation 26638 / 00081A
Launch date 20 Dec 2000
Country of origin Luxemburg
Mission Direct TV
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Ariane V138

Started service on 1st Feb 2001.


Begin End Position
L: 20 Dec 2000   24°E (tests)
Feb 2001 Jun 2012 28.2°E
Jun 2012 Jun 2015 28.2°E inclined
Jul 2015 Oct 2015 5.2°E, inclined
Dec 2015 Mar 2017 57°E, inclined
Mar 2017 Apr 2018 59.7°E, inclined
Jul 2018 Jan 2020 5.1°E, inclined
Mar 2020 Aug 2021 57°E, inclined
Oct 2021 Jan 2023 23.7°E, inclined

End of life

Out of service Jan 2023
Cause Sent to junk orbit

Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)


Prime contractor Hughes
Platform HS-376HP
Mass at launch 1445 kg
Mass in orbit 824 kg
Dimension 2.16 m diameter x 8 m high deployed
Solar array  
Stabilization spin stabilized
DC power BOL: 1600 W
EOL: 1400 W
Design lifetime 12 years

Ku-band (10.7-10.95 GHz)

Main transponders 16 (EOL: 15)
Backup transponders  
Power 39 W TWTA
Bandwidth 26 MHz
Coverage UK and Eire
EIRP max 53 dBW
Polarization linear H/V
Frequencies band D

The coverage of this satellite is much smaller that the other Astra satellites, really.

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