June 21, 2024 – ASTRA 1P communications satellite has successfully been launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. As prime contractor for ASTRA 1P, Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), is responsible for the satellite’s design, manufacture and assembly, integration and testing (AIT), as well as oversight of the launch campaign. Based on Thales Alenia Space’s powerful Spacebus NEO platform, featuring all-electric propulsion, ASTRA 1P will enable private and public broadcasters across Europe to deliver content with the highest picture quality. Ordered by SES, ASTRA 1P will join the company’s satellite fleet currently serving 119 million TV homes in Europe and will help ensure continuity of SES services until 2040. Read more