Monday, June 22, 2009

Measat-3a: Successful lift-off

PETALING JAYA: Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd’s Measat-3a satellite blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:30am Malaysian time on Monday.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said he was “very proud and jubilant.”

Measat’s fourth satellite was manufactured by US-based Orbital Sciences Corp and was launched on a Zenit 3-SLB Landlaunch launch vehicle.

Measat said the satellite would add 12 Ku-Band and 12 C-Band transponders to its fleet, increasing by 50% the amount of satellite capacity at the company’s prime 91.50E orbital hot slot.

“With Ku-Band coverage of Malaysia and Indonesia and a C-Band beam that reaches over 110 countries representing 70% of the world’s population, the satellite will support the continued growth of the company’s broadcasting and telecommunications business,” it said in an earlier statement.

Taken from The Star Online

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