Satellite operator SES Astra has announced the successful launch of the Astra 3B satellite.
Astra 3B was launched by Arianespace from French Guiana on Saturday night. It will gradually be moved to its permanent in-orbit position during the next few weeks with commercial services expected to begin in June.
“The launch of Astra 3B is another important milestone in our long-term strategy to develop and deploy our fleet and secure additional growth potential,” said Ferdinand Kayser, president and CEO, SES Astra. “We have already seen a strong take-up of the new capacity by our customers and have pre-contracted a significant number of transponders prior to launch.”
Astra 3B will provide DTH capacity in Central and Eastern Europe and will serve public and private satellite communications networks in Europe and the Middle East.