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Successful launch for Boeing-built Astra 2c



18 June 2001

ASTRA 2C, a Boeing 601HP satellite, has been successfully launched aboard a Proton rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Liftoff occurred at 7:49 a.m. local time from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on June 16 and the satellite's first signals were received about seven hours later at Sydney, Australia, confirming that systems are operating normally. ASTRA 2C is the first of two satellites to be launched by BSS in one week.

Built for Soci‚t‚ Europ‚enne des Satellites (SES) by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS), a unit of The Boeing Company, ASTRA 2C is a high-power version of the Boeing 601 satellite, the most-often purchased satellite model in the world.

"With this launch, Boeing has built and delivered a total of nine spacecraft to SES," said Randy Brinkley, president of Boeing Satellite Systems.

ASTRA 2C is designed to be positioned at either 19.2 or 28.2 degrees East longitude and has a contractual service life of 15 years. The satellite will provide pan-European coverage and features 40 Ku-band transponders, 32 active at beginning of satellite life and 28 at end.


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