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MEDIA ADVISORY: ILS PROTON TO LAUNCH ASTRA 2E

Reston, VA – September 27, 2013

Payload:                              

ASTRA 2E communications satellite

Eurostar E3000 Platform

Separated spacecraft mass: 6,020 kg

Launch Vehicle:                

Proton M/Breeze M

705,000 kg (1,554,000 lb), including payload

58.2 m (191ft)

Launch Date:                      

September 30, 2013

Launch Time:

03:38:10 Baikonur

01:38:10 Moscow

23:38:10 Luxembourg (Sept. 29)

21:38:10 GMT (Sept. 29)

17:38:10 EDT (Sept. 29)

Launch Site:                       

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer:            

SES, Luxembourg

Satellite Manufacturer:     

Astrium

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:  

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Russia

Launch Services Provider:                     

International Launch Services, USA

Satellite Use:                      

ASTRA 2E will carry Ku- and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of high-performance Direct-to-Home (DTH) and next generation broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Built by Astrium, ASTRA 2E will bring replacement and growth capacity at 28.2° East to enhance SES’ fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites, and ensure reliable and secure connectivity to over 99% of the world’s population.

Satellite Statistics:            

__60 Ku-band transponders

__4 Ka-band transponders (of which 1 is interconnected)

__Planned location: 28.2° orbital neighborhood

__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:                  

The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the ASTRA 2E satellite on board.  The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M Upper Stage and the ASTRA 2E satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory.  From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous  transfer orbit. Separation of the ASTRA 2E satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation:         

Perigee: 4,202 km

Apogee: 35,736 km

Inclination: 23.0 degrees 

Spacecraft Separation:    

Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:     

_5th ILS Proton Launch in 2013

_82nd ILS Proton Launch Overall

_23rd SES Satellite Launched on ILS Proton

_17th Astrium Satellite Launched on Proton

Live Broadcast:                 

Live Coverage starting at 17:15 EDT/ 21:15 GMT

Launch is scheduled for 17:38 EDT/ 21:38 GMT

Broadcast concludes no later than 18:15 EDT/ 22:15 GMT

Webcast stream seen can be seen at:  

http://astra2e.imgondemand.com/

In Baikonur and Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following (HD):

EUTELSAT 10A  10 deg East TXP B4 CHANNEL 12MHZ SLOT 4G12

UPLINK FREQUENCY.: 14381 MHZ POL X BY D-FRA-022  UP3 (ASI ONLY)  EU10A

DOWNLINK FREQUENCY.: 11081 MHZ POL Y

HD 1080i 50Hz DVBS2 8PSK 9.875Ms/s FEC 3/4,

P RoF 0.2 (MPEG4/H.264 420 21.503 Mbps)

AUDIO:1     SOUND MONO

AUDIO:2     SOUND MONO

In the US, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following (HD):

AMC-9, transponder 10C, channel C10A

at 83 degrees West  

18.00 MHz

U/L frequency – 6,116.000 / H

D/L frequency – 3,891.000 / V

1080i QPSK

FEC:  3/4

Symbol rate:  13.333, DVB – S, MPEG2 HD 4:2:0

More Information:              

Live streaming will begin approximately 10 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at www.ilslaunch.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for mission updates.     

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Media Inquiries:

Karen Monaghan, Director of Communications and Customer Relations, International Launch Services, Reston, Va.; +1-571-633-7549; mobile: +1-571-282-5195; k.monaghan@ilslaunch.com.

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