Luxembourgian satellite Astra-2E placed in final orbit by Russian space vehicle

The Russian upper stage Briz-M has placed Astra-2E satellite in its final orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers.

The Russian upper stage Briz-M has placed Astra-2E satellite in its final orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers.

"The satellite separated from the upper stage," Interfax-AVN was told at the Khrunichev Space Center on Monday.

In a matter of moments the satellite will be placed under the control of the customer.

A posting on the Khrunichev website says the contract for launching the satellite with Proton-M launch vehicle was signed by SES satellite operator (Luxembourg) and International Launch Services Inc (ILS). The Khrunichev Space Center that designs and produces Protons and Briz-M upper stages holds a controlling stake in ILS.

Astra-2E is a communication satellite developed by the leading European space equipment designer Astrium for SES.

The new satellite will offer next generation services in broadcasting, VSAT and broadband communications in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Astra-2E was placed in a geostationary orbit with the purpose of restoring and increasing the capacity of the SES fleet consisting of over 50 geostationary satellites.

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