Astra 1N
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorSES Astra / SES S.A.
COSPAR ID2011-041A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.37775
Mission duration15 years (planned)
12 years, 6 months, 10 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEurostar
(now Airbus Defence and Space)
Launch mass5,350 kg (11,790 lb)
Power13 kW
Start of mission
Launch date6 August 2011, 22:52:37 UTC
RocketAriane 5ECA (VA203)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-3
Entered service24 October 2011
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[1]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude19.2° East
Band55 Ku-band
Bandwidth26 and 33 MHz
Coverage areaEurope

Astra 1N is one of the Astra communications satellites owned and operated by SES and is positioned at the Astra 19.2°E orbital position. It was launched in 2011 and is the fourth satellite to be built for Astra by Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space) and the 46th SES satellite in orbit, and entered commercial service at 28.2° East on 24 October 2011.[2]

Satellite description

The satellite was originally designed to provide digital television and radio broadcast services across Europe from the Astra 19.2°E position, in particular the German, French and Spanish markets, alongside the Astra 1KR, Astra 1L, and Astra 1M satellites already operating there.[3] However, it was originally launched to the Astra 28.2°E position as a temporary replacement for Astra 2D.[4] Following the launch of Astra 2E, Astra 1N was relocated to its intended position at 19.2°E.[4]

Broadcasting footprint

The Astra 1N satellite provides three broadcast beams, each with horizontal and vertical polarisation, across three footprints. The United Kingdom spot beam covers the United Kingdom and Ireland with reception on dishes of 45 cm diameter across the whole of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Channel Islands with the exception of the extreme north east of Scotland, where a 60 cm dish is required.

The Pan-European Beam 1 provides reception on a 60 cm dish across Western and Central Europe including Sardinia in the south but excluding Finland in the North. Pan-European Beam 2 provides 60 cm dish reception over substantially the same area reaching further north into Scandinavia and east as far as the Baltic states, Russia and the Black Sea but excluding more of the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and the Mediterranean.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "ASTRA 1N". Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ "New SES Satellite ASTRA 1N Operational" (Press release). SES. 24 October 2011. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012.((cite press release)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "SES ASTRA ORDERS NEW SATELLITE FROM ASTRIUM" (Press release). SES Astra. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Changes to BBC satellite transponders in 2013 Changes to BBC satellite transponders in 2013 - BBC Distribution blog. Accessed July 16, 2013
  5. ^ "Astra 1N Fact Sheet". SES. Retrieved 10 April 2021.