Just Sharing This Astra 1D has been de-orbited

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Astra 1D has been de-orbited after long service that started @ 19.2 east then started the digital service @ 28.2 east for the UK launched 1st November 1994 with an expected life of 13 years has now retired to the graveyard orbit after 20 years of service.

List of deobited satellites by flysat with correction for TC 2D that appears 2x & should be TC 2C
Arabsat-2B Deorbited
Apstar 2R Deorbited
DirecTV 1R Deorbited
Eutelsat 4B Deorbited
Express-MD1 Deorbited
Intelsat 24 Deorbited
Intelsat 603 Deorbited
Intelsat 707 Deorbited
Intelsat 709 Deorbited
Nilesat 101 Deorbited
Nimiq 1 Deorbited
Telecom 2C Deorbited **
Telecom 2D Deorbited
Thor 2 Deorbited
http://www.flysat.com/sat-deorbited.php
 

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End of an era... I remember trying to pull in 1D frequencies using a frequency extender... THOSE were the real fun times.
 

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Astra 1D has NOT been deorbited yet!
After travelling West for a long time, since about a week it's stationary at 67.6° West.
 

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What's it doing there?
 

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End of an era... I remember trying to pull in 1D frequencies using a frequency extender... THOSE were the real fun times.
Still got one in the cupboard! I don't know why... can't bring myself the throw it away.
 

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Just found it I am amazed that it has any fuel left after 20 years & several moves

Longitude Moving
Slot Moving westward (2014-)

52.2°E (2013-2014)
Astra 23.5°E (2012-2013)
1.8°E (2010-2012)
Astra 31.5°E (2007-2010)
Astra 23.5°E (2004-2007)
23°E (2003-2004)
24.2°E (2001-2003)
Astra 28.2°E (1999-2001)
Astra 19.2°E (1998-1999)
Astra 28.2°E (1998)
Astra 19.2°E (1994-1998)[1]

Now:
ASTRA 1D
LOCAL TIME: 22:02:29
UTC: 21:02:29
LATITUDE: 5.57
LONGITUDE: -67.46
ALTITUDE [km]: 35787.55
ALTITUDE [mi]: 22237.35
SPEED [km/s]: 0.08
SPEED [mi/s]: 0.05
 

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Last I saw from it was last year when it was transmitting rtl on 23.5e.. was only available for a few minutes at a time but was nice to see the old girl again
 

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End of an era... I remember trying to pull in 1D frequencies using a frequency extender... THOSE were the real fun times.

I had one of those too. Astra 1B stations became 1D if I remember correctly.

Also had one of those switches made by the same company that allowed me to switch between Astra 19.2 and Eutelsat 13(pre Hotbird days). Had a Satellite rec/vcr combo. Used to record Landscape on TRT international on Wednesday mornings(1am to 4am). Ah those were the days.
 

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Since August 2015, Astra 1D was at 47.3°W.
Leaving now, next stop to be reached in July: 72.5°W.
Astra1D_23331 InclLonTime.png
 

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Astra 1D was at 72.5°W from July 2017, then since December 2017 at 73.0°W.
Early November 2021 raised to graveyard orbit.
Launched November 1 in 1994, so this satellite reached an age of 27 years!
 

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Farewell old friend. :(

Whats the oldest nominally operation Astra now?
 
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