Russia’s Roskosmos space agency have announced that the new launch of its ill-fated Proton-M rocket is slated for September. The vehicle will lift off at the Baikonur spaceport, agency’s deputy chief Alexander Lopatin has told the media, months after a dramatic failure that resulted in a huge impact at the Kazakhstan-owned cosmodrome. The ILS Proton return to flight mission will be the Astra 2E satellite for SES on September 15, 2013.
What does this mean ?
If all goes well (LOL!!), Astra 2E will enter service probably in early November and the BBC and others will migrate shortly afterwards. What will happen then is that the Astra 1N satellite, which has been providing temporary UK cover for the last 18 months, will be moved to the orbital slot at 19.2ºE for which it was originally designed.
Russia’s Proton rocket crashed less than a minute after its liftoff from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Proton-M with a Block DM-03 upper stage lifted off as scheduled from Pad No. 24 at Site 81 in Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 2, 2013, at 06:38:22 Moscow Time (on July 1, 10:38 p.m. EDT).
The rocket started veering off course right after leaving the pad, deviating from the vertical path in various directions and then plunged to the ground seconds later nose first. The payload section and the upper stage were sheered off the vehicle moments before it impacted the ground and exploded. The flight lasted no more than 30 seconds.
By July 9, it is transpired that investigators sifting through the wreckage of the doomed rocket had found critical angular velocity sensors, DUS, installed upside down. Each of those sensors had an arrow that was suppose to point toward the top of the vehicle, however multiple sensors on the failed rocket were pointing downward instead (seriously! Are they taking the p*@s!!). As a result, the flight control system was receiving wrong information about the position of the rocket and tried to “correct” it, causing the vehicle to swing wildly and, ultimately, crash.
So what ?
As a consequence of this crash the Astra 2E launch has been delayed while further checks are carried out of the launch vehicle.
An update on the “Proton-M” rocket crash and the now delayed/postponed “Astra 2E” satellite launch is that the first restarted launch from the “Baikonur Cosmodrome” will be in early September of 2013.
It is quite possible that the “Astra 2E” satellite will be launched in early September of 2013 and if it is the case then the expectation would be for “Astra 2E” to have been officially announced as operational and in service at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the End of October of 2013.
So the loss of English tv channels in Spain draws nearer!! It’s like a bad story line from Eastenders (I know they’re all bad!), it keeps on dragging on 🙂
Below are a list of frequencies and channels that have moved to the newly launched satellite Astra 2F
As previously mentioned Astra 2F has a spot beem aimed at the U.K and it is possible that you may need between a 1.8m and 2.4m dish to receive these channels.
Don’t panic there are other options available, so just contact our team for further advice and help.
10.964 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (CH5/5USA/5*/Channel 5+1)
10.994 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Granada HD/ITV 1 Central South West SD/ITV 1 Anglia West SD/ITV 1 Meridian North SD/ITV 1 Yorkshire East SD/ITV 1+1 Yorkshire SD
11.052 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Central South SD/ITV 1 Central East SD/ITV 1+1 Wales SD/ITV 1+1 Westcountry SD/ITV 1+1 Tyne Tees SD)
11.126 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (Channel 4 HD/4Seven SD)
(Astra 2F Launch)
The SES-operated satellite has now completed its in-orbit testing and is fully operational within the 28.2/28.5 degrees
BBC & ITV channels are likely to be moved from Astra 1N within the next week. As Astra 2F has a spot beam focused on the U.K it is likely that you will need a satellite dish of 2.4m to receive these channels.
The cost and also the size of dish ( Roughly double the size of current dishes) will not be an option for many.
We are currently introducing other systems capable of receiving these channels
On the 27th September BBC HD channels changed frequncy, if you are using a sky box you should not have noticed a difference.
However If you use a Freesat box or other free to air receiver you may need to place the box in standby for a while and then back on.
If this does not solve the problem then a Freesat channel retune will be required.
Please refer to your user manual or go to www.freesat.co.uk for further assistance.
Or email us at email@example.com
please provide details of your receiver (Make and model)