ASTRA 3A, the tenth satellite ordered from Boeing Satellite Systems from SES ASTRA of Luxembourg, undergoes final tests prior to shipment for a launch scheduled on March 28 2002, aboard an Ariane 4 rocket. The Boeing 376 spacecraft will augment the existing SES ASTRA fleet of 12 satellites to help meet growing demand for digital satellite services. The 20 active Ku-band transponders will provide at least 10 years of high-power direct-to-home satellite services to the German speaking markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland from the 23.5 degrees East longitude orbital position.
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