Astra 2G Satellite
Satellite Name: Astra 2G
Status: In service
Position: Deployed at 28.2° East
International Code: 2014-089A
Operator: SES Astra (part of SES Global)
Launch date: December 28, 2014 (Launched)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome
Launch vehicle: Proton Rocket
Launch mass (kg): Total payload lift performance was more than 10,200 kg
Dry mass (kg):
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium
Model (bus): Eurostar-E3000
Expected lifetime: 15 years
About Astra 2G
The Astra 2G satellite is SES launched on December 28 2014.
Astra 2G will serve to deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa, and will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads at 28.2° East.
The Ku-band capacity will allow SES ASTRA to enhance and secure its existing offering to major Direct-to-Home (DTH) markets in the UK and Ireland.
With a Ku-band payload specifically designed to meet the requirements of some of Europe’s largest DTH broadcasters, the satellites will have spot beam and pan-European beam switching capabilities to accommodate both Pay-TV and free-to-air broadcasters, and to provide these customers with increased functionality.
SES ASTRA customers in this region include BSkyB, BBC, ITV, Freesat, Channel Four, Channel 5, UK TV, Virgin Media, MTV and Discovery.
The Ka-band payload will allow SES ASTRA to develop next generation broadband services in Europe, including its growing ASTRA2Connect product.
62 Ku-band transponders
4 Ka-band transponders, including 1 interconnect
The satellite launched on December 28, 2014.
Astra 2G in service at 28.2° East – June 2015
Astra 2G has entered service at 28.2° East, taking over a number of satellite TV and radio services from the ageing Eutelsat 28A. For viewers inside the UK spotbeam, the changeover means improved reception on smaller dish sizes.
By the end of the June, Eutelsat 28A should have transferred all of its services to Astra 2F and Astra 2G, which transmit a much stronger signal over the UK and Ireland.
Some channels have remained on the “European spotbeam” during the satellite switch, with good reception over most of Europe.
Other channels have moved from the European spotbeam to the UK spotbeam, resulting in a loss of some channels in fringe reception areas.
Some channels have moved from the UK spotbeam on Astra 2E and Astra 2F to the UK spotbeam on Astra 2G.
As the UK beams on the three satellite are roughly the same, viewers in fringe areas of mainland Europe should see no dramatic changes in reception.
There have been rumours that the reception of some channels, such as ITV HD, has reduced slightly, resulting in a loss of the channel in some areas.
This has not been confirmed, reception tests carried out in Copenhagen on a 150 cm Gibertini dish showed no change in reception on any of the effected transponders, this may not be the case in other areas.
Although there has been no official confirmation from SES about what has moved to Astra 2G, the following transponders have been transferred to Astra 2G:
10964 H 22000 5/6 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: Channel 5, 5 USA, 5*, Spike, Channel 5 +24 and Channel 5 +1
10994 H 22000 5/6 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: various ITV regions
11024 H 23000 2/3 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: BBC One Scotland HD, BBC One Wales HD, BBC News HD, BBC Four HD
11053 H 23000 3/4 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: ITV 2 HD, ITV 4 HD
11067 V 23000 2/3 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: STV HD, UTV HD, ITV3 HD, ITV Encore HD
11097 V 23000 2/3 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: ITV HD (Central, Granada, London, Meridian)
11127 V 22000 5/6 – moved from Astra 2F UK Spotbeam to Astra 2G UK Spotbeam
Channels affected: Channel 4 HD, 4seven
11225 H 27500 2/3 – moved from Eutelsat European beam to Astra 2G European Spotbeam
Channels affected: Information TV, Irish TV, Showcase, BFBS Radio, LBC, Heart
11225 V 27500 2/3 – moved from Eutelsat European beam to Astra 2G European Spotbeam
Channels affected: NHK World HD, RT HD
11265 V 27500 2/3 – moved from Eutelsat European beam to Astra 2G European Spotbeam
Channels affected: PCNE, B4U Music
11265 H 27500 2/3 – moved from Eutelsat European beam to Astra 2G European Spotbeam
Channels affected: CBS Reality+1, Horror Channel, Vintage TV, Panjab Radio
Viewers with Sky and Freesat receivers: Frequency changes should be handled automatically by the receiver.
Viewers with other satellite receiver may have to perform a rescan to continue to view channels that have changed frequencies.
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