A new satellite, Astra 1N, will soon be located with the other Astra 2 satellites to provide UK satellite TV.
Astra 1N was launched earlier this year, and has completed testing and is slowly moving into its required location, and, according to SES Astra, is expected to be operational from mid October.

It will join the existing Astra 2 satellites (Astra 2a, Astra 2b, Astra 2D) and Eurobird 1 at the 28 degrees east location.

SES Astra say that Astra 1N will be providing “additional” and “temporary” capacity at that location – presumably as the current satellites are close to capacity, and with more and more High Definition channels coming online, there is a need for more satellite capacity. It may also mrean that some UK satellite TV channels that are currently “free to view”, may become “free to air”, meaning chanels like Five* and Five USA may join Freesat shortly.

Astra 1N will also be there to assist with frequency changes when the three Astra satellites are due for replacement – from late 2012 to 2114.

When Astra 1N reaches its destination, you will not have to realign your satellite dish to continue reception of UK satellite TV. Any changes in frequencies to channels if and when they move or are added to Astra 1N will be made automatically to Sky boxes and Freesat boxes.

As you may gather from the designation, Astra 1N is not due to be at 28 degrees east permanently. The Astra 1 designation satellites are deployed at 19 east. And so when its mission at 28 east has been completed, Astra 1N will move to its correct location in the sky, at 19 east.

For expats living in fringe reception areas, until the Astra 1N satellites starts to function, it is guess works as to its reception in such areas like Spain or Greece or Italy.

2 Responses to “Astra 1N – new satellite for UK Satellite TV.”

  1. John Crowther says:

    Dear Sir,

    Please could you kindly email me a simple diagram of how a satellite dish receives an signal from a satellite, at the moment Astra 2.

    I have Freesat and at the moment have lost the signal because my Neighbour has a Silver Birch tree situated about 8ft away from my satellite dish and it’s growing big.
    Does the dish receive the signal as a funnel shape or is it directed in a straight line from the sattelite to the LNB?.
    I look forward to your reply.

  2. satandpcguy says:

    The signals from the satellites are not aimed at each individual dish.
    The signals are aim over a “footrpint area”.

    Yes, if the dishes line of sight to the satellite is disrupted by obstructions like trees or building then channels can be lost.

    IF you think your signals are being disturbed by the tree in front of the dish, either remove or cut the tree, or move the dish.