(Update: Launched) Airbus-built telecoms satellite, MEASAT-3d, launching next week: All you need to know
MEASAT-3d, a telecommunications satellite built by Airbus, is set to launch on 22 June 2022. The satellite will lift off on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.
In a recent release, Airbus said that this new satellite will significantly enhance broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps in areas with limited or no terrestrial connectivity throughout Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for video distribution in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region.
MEASAT-3d launch 🚀 is getting closer.Next week, on 22 June, the Airbus-built telecoms satellite 🛰️ will lift off.Here's how the spacecraft was built and tested to be ready to deliver high value services to Malaysia 🇲🇾 and the Asia-Pacific.#VA257 @MEASAT pic.twitter.com/3JtjfPInUn— Airbus Space (@AirbusSpace) June 18, 2022
MEASAT-3d is equipped with:
- C and Ku-bands capacity for DTH, video distribution and telecommunication services
- HTS Ka-band to deliver high-speed broadband communications over Malaysia to bridge the digital divide in the country
- Q/V band payload to study the propagation effects in high rainfall regions like Malaysia, to enable the design of its next-generation satellites.
- L-band navigation hosted payload for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) for KTSAT.
Ariane 5 has successfully placed two telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit - MEASAT-3d for the Malaysian operator MEASAT, and GSAT-24 built by the Indian Space Agency ISRO (ISRO) on behalf of NSIL. The launcher lifted off from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou on June 22, at 06:50 pm local time.
Another success for @Ariane5 and all teams involved! Thanks for your trust, @MEASAT! It's been an honor to launch our fourth satellite together! The first one was MEASAT 1 in 1996… #ICYMI, it also was the 137th satellite built by @AirbusSpace that we launched!#VA257 pic.twitter.com/XeKPphhOVM— Stéphane Israël (@arianespaceceo) June 22, 2022