Satellite Astra 3A of SES (Société Européenne des Satellites (SES))

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Astra 3A
Country of Operator/Owner Luxembourg
Operator/Owner SES (Société Européenne des Satellites (SES))
Users Commercial
Purpose Communications
Class of Orbit GEO
Type of Orbit
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 23.48
Perigee (km) 35770
Apogee (km) 35804
Eccentricity 0.000403254501031857
Inclination (degrees) 0.06
Period (minutes) 1436.07
Launch Mass (kg.) 1500
Dry Mass (kg.) 750
Power (watts) 1500
Date of Launch 29-03-2002
Expected Lifetime 10 yrs.
Contractor Boeing Satellite Systems
Country of Contractor USA
Launch Site Guiana Space Center
Launch Vehicle Ariane 44L
COSPAR Number 2002-015B
NORAD Number 27400
Comments 20 transponders; provide follow-on capacity for the Kopernikus satellite of Deutsche Telekom AG, contracted for 10 transponders on spacecraft; German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


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