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Sat-UK #163 03.12.97: ASTRA 1G LAUNCHED!




Sat-UK Report #163:
- Astra 1G successfully launched!
wednesday 3rd december 1997
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And now the news:


---------- Astra 1G successfully launched!

Yesterday night (or this morning for mainland Europe), Astra 1G was
launched into geostationary orbit by a Proton Rocket from the space
station at Baikanur in the former USSR. The rocket took off as planned
at 23.10 UK Time, and what a sight it was! Astra 1G will be located at
10,2 east alongside Astra 1A-1F. Astra 1G is an HS 601 HP type
spacecraft carrying thirty-two active transponder, with sixteen
providing digital programming to Europe, as well as back-up for Astra
1F. The next, and final, satellite to be placed here for the moment is
Astra 1H, which will provide full back-up for Astra 1E-1G, as well as 2
Ka-Band transponders for two-way communication. Meanwhile, the next
major launch for Europe is that of Astra 2A, conincidentally, which will
be positioned at 28,2 east some time in January, next year.


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reserved. The above may not be reproduced without written consent.
Information is subject to change and/or may be incorrect.

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