On August 6, 2011 at 22:52 UTC the Ariane-5ECA rocket-carrier was launched from the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana on northeast coast of South America.
The rocket orbited 2 telecommunication satellites.
The "ASTRA-1N” spacecraft, a satellite for European operator SES ASTRA, will be initially positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 28.2 degrees east longitude to serve the United Kingdom and Ireland. Then the satellite will move to a permanent location at 19.2 degrees east for the bulk of its 15-year service life. From its second position, the "ASTRA-1N” will provide direct-to-home digital and high-definition television broadcasting to Germany, France and Spain. SES ASTRA, the craft's operator, is based in Luxembourg.
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