Astra 1D

Launch Time
Tue Nov 01, 1994 00:37 UTC

Last Ariane 42P with an H10+ stage. Flight V69.


Ariane 42P
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 4,334 kN
Payload to GTO: 2,930 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details

Astra 1D

Astra 1D is a geostationary communications satellite launched in 1994 by the Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). As of August 2012, the craft remains in service for occasional use.

Astra 1D was the fourth, and under original plans, the final Astra communications satellite from SES. It was launched to SES' original solitary operational position at 19.2° east and was intended as an in-orbit spare for Astra's 1A, 1B, and 1C and to carry digital TV transmissions. However, development of digital reception equipment in Europe was not sufficiently advanced for Astra 1D to be SES' first digital satellite (the later Astra 1E fulfilled that role), and demand for additional capacity for both British and German television channels led to 12 of the satellite's transponders being leased to broadcast analogue TV channels before the satellite had been launched.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,924.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-2, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



73rd orbital launch attempt


60th mission
7th mission of 1994
56th successful mission
6th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

41st mission
7th mission of 1994
39th successful mission
6th consecutive successful mission