Measat Global Berhad, Malaysia’s premier satellite operator, has completed in-orbit testing of Measat-3d ahead of schedule following its launch on June 22 from Kourou, French Guiana.
Measat-3d, the company’s latest and most advanced satellite, has now entered commercial service after its handover by Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus).
Measat-3d, a multi-mission satellite with a planned lifespan of more than 18 years, carries C-band and Ku-band payloads for video and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services and a high-throughput multiple spot beam Ka-band payload optimised to deliver high-speed broadband internet communications for Malaysia; even for users in the most remote areas of the country. The satellite also hosts a Q/V band payload, the first-of-its-kind in the Asia Pacific region, allowing Measat to study radio frequency propagation effects in high rainfall regions like Malaysia, to enable the design of its next-generation satellites. In addition, Measat-3d also carries an innovative hosted payload for KTSAT which will be used for the Korean Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) to enhance the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals for aeroplanes, increasing airline flight safety in South Korea.
Commenting on the development, Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Operating Officer, Measat, said: “We are pleased with the successful in-orbit testing of Measat-3d and its commercial deployment, following the launch last month. I would like to thank the Measat and Airbus teams for their solid effort and continuous support. With this, Measat-3d is ready to support the Malaysian Government’s National Digital Network (JENDELA) target to achieve 100% internet coverage by 2025, as well as our clients’ plans to expand service offerings and improve customer experience.”
Measat-3d is co-located with Measat-3a and Measat-3b at the 91.5°E orbital slot – Measat’s key video neighbourhood.