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Satellite operator MEASAT has revealed that the MEASAT-3b launch, previously scheduled for June 6th GFT (June 7th Kuala Lumpur time), has been postponed. The postponement was called after Optus Networks informed launch service provider Arianespace that its OPTUS 10 satellite, one of the two payloads being carried by Arianespace flight VA218, originally scheduled for June 6th, required additional verifications.
“We are clearly disappointed with the delay and are currently in co-ordination with Arianespace on the rescheduling of the launch,” said Paul Brown-Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer, MEASAT Satellite Systems. “We will provide an update when we receive further information on the revised launch date,” he added.
MEASAT-3b is designed to provide an additional 48 high powered Ku-band transponders to the 91.5°E orbital slot to expand direct-to-home and VSAT services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. Co-located with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a, the satellite will more than double MEASAT’s Ku-band capacity at 91.5°E creating one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.