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Astra 1C

Astra 1C was a geostationary communications satellites launched in 1993 by the Soci t Europ enne des Satellites (SES), now SES Astra]. The commsat remained in service until 2011 and is now derelict.

Astra 1C was the third communications satellite placed in orbit by SES, and was originally deployed at the Astra 19.2 E orbital position. It carried almost entirely analogue television services for its operational life, aimed mainly to the UK and Irish market in its early life, and Germany for the remainder.

The satellite was intended to be replaced in 2002, along with Astra 1B, by Astra 1K but this satellite failed to reach its intended orbit. It was eventually relieved of its remaining television/radio payloads by Astra 1KR in 2006.[1]

In November 2006, prior to the launch of Astra 1L to the 19.2 E position, Astra 1C was placed in an inclined orbit and moved first to 2.0 E for tests, and then in February 2007 to 4.6 E, notionally part of the Astra 5 E cluster of satellites[2] but largely unused.

After November 2008, the satellite operated back at 2.0 E, still in inclined orbit, and was used for occasional traffic, mainly UK outside broadcast feeds.

On November 2, 2011 the satellite was taken out of use as Eutelsat, the rightholder for the 3 allocation, came on air with Eutelsat 3A and current rules ask for a minimum of 2 separation.

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Transponder usage

At Astra 19.2 E

Transponder Frequency Channels carried
33 10,964 H ZDF (1993-)
34 10,979 V UK Living (1993 2001), Chinese Channel (1994 1995), Television X- The Fantasy Channel (1995-2001)
35 10,994 H The Children's Channel (1993 1998), The Family Channel (1993 1997), China News and Entertainment (1993 1994), Challenge (1997 2001), TV Travel Shop (1998-2001), CNBC Europe (1998-2001)
36 11,009 V Minimax (1993 1997), Documan a (-1997), Phoenix (1997-)[3]
37 11,023 H Cartoon Network Europe (1993-1999), Cartoon Network UK (1999-2001), TNT Classic Movies Europe (1993-1999), TNT UK (1999-2000), TCM UK (2000-2001)
38 11,038 V QVC UK (1993-)
39 11,053 H WDR Fernsehen (1993-)
40 11,068 V Cineclassics (1993 1997), Hessen Fernsehen
41 11,082 H Discovery Channel UK (1993 2001), CMT Europe (1993 1994), TLC UK (-1997), Discovery Home & Leisure UK (1997 2001), BR-alpha
42 11,097 V Bravo (1993 2001), EBN (1995-1998), The Adult Channel (1993-1995) Trouble (1997 2001), CNBC Europe (1998), Playboy Channel (1995-1997)
43 11,112 H MDR Fernsehen (1993-)
44 11,127 V Galavision (1993 1997), Sky Travel (1997-2001), Sky Movies Gold (1997-1998), VIVA, Sky Cinema (1998-2001)
45 11,141 H Bayerisches Fernsehen (1993-)
46 11,156 V Nickelodeon UK (1993 2001), TV Asia (1993-1994), The Paramount Channel (1995-1997), Paramount Comedy Channel (1997-2001)
47 11,171 H Sky Sports 2 (1994-2001), Sci-fi Channel UK (1995-1997), Sky Soap (1994-1997), Sky Sports Gold (1995-1996), Sky Travel (1994-1997), The History Channel UK (1995-1997), RBB Berlin, 1-2-3 TV
48 11,186 V S dwest 3 (1993-)

See also

  • Astra 19.2 E orbital position
  • Astra 5 E orbital position
  • SES Astra satellite owner

References

External links

de:Astra 1C ru: 1C uk:Astra 1C






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