MEASAT-3d telecommunications is ready for launch and is currently waiting in Kourou, French Guiana for its ride into space on the Ariane 5 on 22 June. It is the 57th E3000 satellite built by Airbus.
MEASAT-3d will be positioned at the 91.5°E orbital slot alongside MEASAT-3b which was also built by Airbus.
According to its makers, the new satellite will significantly enhance broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps in areas with limited or no terrestrial connectivity throughout Malaysia.
At the same time, it will continue to provide redundancy and additional capacity for video distribution in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region.
MEASAT-3d is based on our highly reliable Eurostar satellite platform, including the current E3000 series, with 58 in orbit which has notched up more than 1000 years of successful operations.
MEASAT is a key customer for us and we are looking forward to this advanced spacecraft supporting their future business.Airbus Head of Telecom Satellites, Francois Gaullier.
In addition to having C and Ku-bands capacity for DTH, video distribution and telecommunication services, MEASAR-3d also features:
- An HTS Ka-band mission with multiple user spot beams to deliver high-speed broadband communications over Malaysia
- A Q/V band payload, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, allows MEASAT to study the propagation effects in high rainfall regions like Malaysia.
- An L-band navigation hosted payload for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) for KTSAT.
Planned for more than 19 years of operation, MEASAT-3d is designed to have electrical power of 12kW at end of life.