Astra 2A & 2C

hvdh

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Sorry, have no idea yet what Astra 2C will be used for.

What I do know, it will become pretty crowded near 60°E!
Galaxy 11, now still at 55.6°W, soon will start the journey there.
So it will end up like this:
59.84°E : Astra 1G (inclined 1°)
60.0°E : Intelsat 904
60.1°E : Galaxy 11
60.2°E : WGS-2
60.3°E : Astra 2C (arriving right now)
 
hvdh

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Astra 2A, the last in-orbit spare, has left 28.0°E as well.
Now 32°E, heading for 113.5°E according CoB. Arrival: end of June.
Also becoming inclined.
 
Captain Jack

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It's been up there 18 years... I am surprised it wasn't inclined already.

Nice to see old names in action still, though.
 
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Astra 2A stayed at 113.5°E for over 2 years, and still NOT inclined like thought back then.
Has left that position yesterday according SES ephemeris, drifting 0.6°W per day. No TLE yet.
 
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Still not inclined after 20 years?! Wow...
 
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Astra 2A hardly has a history of moving location (after 28°E came only 113.5°E), that may have helped!
Ephemeris now shows next location to be 100.0°E, to be reached in the beginning of August.

ITU Space Network List only has USA entries, until recently the US Navy's FleetSatCom 7 was at 100°E.
A few months ago I read a message somewhere this very old satellite (launched in 1986 !) was retired finally, but I'm still looking for confirmation of that.
 
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