According to a recent presentation from SES Astra, the second new satellite, Astra 2E, will be launched at the end of Q2, in July 2013.

This is SES Astras second new satellite, the first being Astra 2F, being launched as part of its satellite replacement programme for the UK TV slots at 28 east.

The presentation suggests that Astra 2E will be operational in September 2013, although this will depend on how long testing will take and if there are any delays of the launch.

It is expected that the BBC ITV and other UK TV channels that are currently on the temporary Astra 1N satellite, are the channels that will be moved over to Astra 2E once it is operational.

Although coverage of Astra 2E in the UK will be excellent, as it is designed for UK TV coverage, it will be unknown what the reception of Astra 2Es UK beam will be like in other areas of Europe until it is operational. Although as Astra 2E and Astra 2F are of the same make and model of satellite, it may be that we can use Astra 2Fs reception in Europe as a estimate of Astra 2E reception in Europe, but this will not be 100% known until transmissions start.


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