Astra 2F

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Astra 2F
Mission type Communications
Operator SES
COSPAR ID 2012-051A
SATCAT № 38778
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Eurostar E3000
Manufacturer Astrium
Start of mission
Launch date September 28, 2012, 21:18:07 (2012-09-28UTC21:18:07Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5 ECA V209
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 28.2° East
Slot Astra 28.2°E
Perigee 35,781 kilometres (22,233 mi)[1]
Apogee 35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)[1]
Inclination 0.00 degrees[1]
Period 1436.04 minutes[1]
Epoch 11 July 2014, 00:46:49 UTC[1]

Astra 2F is one of the Astra communications satellites owned and operated by SES, launched in September 2012 to the Astra 28.2°E orbital slot.[2] The satellite provides free-to-air and encrypted direct-to-home (DTH) digital TV and satellite broadband services for Europe and Africa.

Astra 2F is the first of three ‘second generation’ satellites for the 28.2°E position which replace the first generation Astra 2A, Astra 2B and Astra 2D craft previously there.[3] The second, Astra 2E, was launched in 2013[4] and they will be joined in orbit by Astra 2G in 2014[5] Some parts of the construction of Astra 2F by Astrium in Stevenage, UK could be seen in the BBC2 documentary programme, How To Build… A Satellite broadcast on November 27, 2011.

Astra 2F was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on September 28, 2012.[6] and underwent in-orbit testing at 43.5°E.[7] Commercial operations at 28.2°E began on November 21, 2012.[8]

Market[edit]

The Astra 28.2°E position was established in 1998 to provide digital TV, digital radio and multimedia services to the UK and Republic of Ireland, and Astra 2F’s primary mission is to continue this provision as replacement and follow-on capacity to the Astra 2A, Astra 2B, Astra 2D and Astra 1N satellites, delivering programming to almost 13 million satellite homes, over 3 million cable homes, and 700,000 IPTV homes in the UK and Ireland, in particular for channels from the major UK digital satellite TV platforms, BSkyB and Freesat.[9]

In addition, Astra 2F serves the growing DTH platforms in West Africa such as Ghana’s MultiTV.

Astra 2F is also designed to provide SES Broadband’s first commercial Ka-band satellite broadband service in Europe, with a Ka-band payload delivering high-speed Internet access (at download speeds up to 20Mbit/s) along with VoIP, and IPTV from November 2012.

Broadcasting footprint[edit]

Astra 2F has three Ku-band downlink beams covering Europe and Africa. The Europe beam is centred on the English Channel with maximum signal (for reception on a 40 cm dish) over the UK, Ireland, France, Benelux, and parts of Germany, Austria, and Spain (including a "lobe" specifically designed to serve the Canary Islands which officially requires a 120 cm dish but in practise is easily receivable using a 90 cm dish as with Astra 2E), and reception on a 1m dish extending to North Africa, Poland and the Balkans.

The UK Spot beam provides maximum signal (40 cm dishes) over the UK and Ireland in close approximation of the UK Beam of Astra 2D, which it replaces.[10] Due to the tight footprint, some reception issues for UK channels are being reported in Spain as of December 2012. Early reports of test transmissions on 11.023 GHz H 23000 DVB-S2 suggest the beam is very tight with a very sharp fall off to the west and east of the footprint, but eastern Spain seems to be getting a higher signal strength possibly due to the off-axis beam as 28.2°E on the geostationary arc is not directly in line with the UK but offset to the east.[citation needed]

The West Africa beam provides for reception with 60 cm dishes across southern West Africa from Senegal to Nigeria, with a lower signal level (80 cm dishes) extending across the Democratic Republic of Congo.[11]

The Ka-band footprint for satellite broadband provides full service coverage across western Europe from the UK and France in the west to Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia and Boznia Herzegovina in the east.[12]

Active Transponders[edit]

Below is a list of the TV channels broadcast from active transponders on Astra 2F as of June 2014:[13]

In the list, channels broadcast with a one-hour delay are shown Channel +1hr. Where both the original and the delayed channel are broadcast from the same transponder, this is shown in one entry as Channel [also +1hr].

Transponder 57 10.964 GHz H 22000 5/6:
  • 5star [also +1hr]
  • 5USA [also +1hr]
  • Channel 5 regions 1-5
  • Channel 5 region 1 +1hr

Transponder 59 10.994 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • ITV Anglia West
  • ITV Central South West
  • ITV Meridian North
  • ITV Yorkshire East
  • ITV Yorkshire West +1hr
  • STV West HD

Transponder 61 11.023 GHz H 23000 2/3 DVB-S2:

  • BBC One HD Wales
  • BBC One HD Scotland
  • BBC Four HD
  • BBC News HD
  • CBeebies HD

Transponder 63 11.053 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • ITV Central East
  • ITV Central South
  • ITV Tyne Tees +1hr
  • ITV Wales +1hr
  • ITV Westcountry West +1hr
  • Ulster TV HD

Transponder 64 11.068 GHz V 22000 2/3 DVB-S2:

  • ITV Granada HD
  • ITV London HD

Transponder 64 11.097 GHz V 22000 2/3 DVB-S2:

  • ITV Granada HD
  • ITV London HD
  • ITV Meridian South East HD
  • ITV Central West HD

Transponder 68 11.126 GHz V 22000 5/6:

  • Channel 4 HD
  • 4seven

Transponder 73 12.515 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • BT Sport 1
  • BT Sport 2
  • ESPN UK
  • Motors TV
  • MUTV
  • Racing UK
  • Racing UK HD

Transponder 74 12.520 GHz V 22000 5/6:

  • Cartoon Network +1hr

CNN International

Transponder 75 12.545 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • ARY Digital
  • Geo News International
  • Lamhe
  • Pavers Shoes TV
  • The Dating Channel
  • V Channel
  • Zee TV
  • ZeeCinema
  • Zee News
  • Zee Punjabi
  • Zing UK

Transponder 76 12.552 GHz V 22000 5/6:

  • ABP News UK
  • BelieVe TV
  • Best Direct
  • Box Nation
  • Fitness & Beauty TV
  • Forces TV
  • Glory TV
  • Horse & Country TV
  • JML Direct
  • More>Movies
  • QVC Beauty
  • Retail Therapy TV
  • RT English
  • Sony SAB TV Asia
  • Travel Channel UK
  • Tristar
  • TV Warehouse

Transponder 79 12.604 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • BET UK [also +1hr]
  • Comedy Central UK +1
  • Comedy Central Ireland [also +1hr]
  • Comedy Central Extra Ireland
  • Comedy Central Extra UK +1hr
  • MTV Music Ireland
  • Nick Junior Ireland
  • Nick Junior 2 Ireland
  • Nick Junior UK +1hr
  • Nick Junior 2 UK
  • Nickelodeon Ireland

Transponder 80 12.610 GHz V 22000 5/6:

  • Abu Dhabi Al Oula
  • Arise News
  • Channel I
  • CNBC UK
  • London Live
  • PTV Global
  • RT English
  • Smart Live Casino
  • Venus TV
  • Voxafrica UK

Transponder 81 12.633 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • Al Jazeera English
  • Bangla TV
  • More>Movies +1hr
  • Movies4Men [also +1hr]
  • Premier Sports
  • Setanta Ireland
  • Sony Movie Channel [also +1hr]

Transponder 82 12.640 GHz V 22000 5/6:

  • eNews Channel Africa
  • Flirt TV
  • Holiday & Cruise
  • Madani Channel
  • Peace TV UK
  • Peace TV Urdu
  • Red Hot 18s
  • Red Hot Amateur
  • Red Hot Mums
  • The Department Store
  • The Mall
  • TVX
  • TVX Brits
  • TVC News
  • Xxxcess

Transponder 83 12.663 GHz H 22000 5/6:

  • AIT International
  • Akaal Channel
  • BEN
  • CCTV News
  • DM Digital
  • Euronews UK
  • Loveworld TV
  • Nollywood Movies
  • NTV Europe
  • Super Casino
  • UMP Movies

Transponder 84 12.670 GHz V 22000 5/6:

  • British Muslim TV
  • Iqra TV
  • STV Glasgow

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "ASTRA 2F Satellite details 2012-051A NORAD 38778". N2YO. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "SES SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES ASTRA 2F SATELLITE" (Press release). SES. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bains, Geoff. "The Good Die Young" What Satellite & Digital TV Summer 2012 pp29
  4. ^ "ASTRA 2E successfully launched" (Press release). SES. September 30, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "SES Orders Four New Satellites From ASTRIUM" (Press release). SES. 30 November 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "SES SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES ASTRA 2F SATELLITE" (Press release). SES. October 1, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Astra 2F Testing Reception Reports, Satellites.co.uk, retrieved December 27, 2012 
  8. ^ "SES’ ASTRA 2F SATELLITE STARTS OPERATIONS" (Press release). SES. November 21, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ ASTRA 2F arrives at the Guiana Space Centre, Kourou August 23, 2012 SES blog. Accessed August 26, 2012
  10. ^ Bains, Geoff. "Flight of the Big Birds" What Satellite & Digital TV February 2012 pp29
  11. ^ Astra 2F footprints & coverages on satelaunch.net Accesses August 29, 2012
  12. ^ Bains, Geoff. "The Astra 2F Bonus" What Satellite & Digital TV June 2012 pp29
  13. ^ "Astra 2F at 28.2°E". LyngSat. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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