The MEASAT-3d satellite is put into orbit

The MEASAT-3d satellite is put into orbit
The MEASAT-3d satellite is put into orbit

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KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s eighth satellite, MEASAT-3d, was launched into orbit from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 6:50 pm local time (5:50 am Malaysian time).

The live broadcast of the launch was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the World Trade Center Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL).

Also present were the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa; Minister for Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd Chairman Tunku Ali Redhaudin Tuanku Mukhriz and Measat Global Head Shaharul Rezza Hassan were also present.

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The 5,600-kilogram MEASAT-3d satellite was launched into orbit using an Ariane-5 ECA rocket and successfully went through the separation process at 6:19 a.m.

The first MEASAT-3d telemetry signal was received at 0641 hours, a sign that it was working well.

The launch of MEASAT-3d was successful with the support of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) and the Communications and Multimedia Commission of Malaysia.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek led the Malaysian delegation to the rocket launch site.

He was also accompanied by Malaysian Ambassador to France Datuk Mohd Zamruni Khalid, Sabah Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Yakub Khan, Defense Ministry representative Rear Admiral Datuk Shamsuddin Ludin and Director of Operations of MEASAT, Yau Chyong Lim.

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The satellite, estimated to cost RM1.2 billion with a lifespan of 18 years, is expected to bridge the digital connectivity gap and shape a better connectivity future for Malaysians, in line with the government’s initiative to through the National Digital Network (JENDELA) plan.

The MEASAT-3d satellite, which measures 31 meters (m) x 9 mx 5 m and weighs 5,600 kilograms, was launched to improve communication services with Malaysia and regional countries, and several new services are expected to be offered via the satellite. from August 2022.

The satellite is a type of geostationary equatorial orbit or GEO built by Airbus Defense and Space, it has a wide coverage site and is capable of providing fast broadband services and supports high data flows known as High Throughput Satellite (HTS).

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HTS is one of the important services in providing high broadband services, especially in rural areas.

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