Following earlier delays to complete technical check on another craft on the same payload, the MEASAT-3b satellite has been successfully launched.
The satellite lifted off on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana at 6:05am MYT (7:05pm GFT).
The Malaysian Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia, YB Dato’ Jailani Johari described MEASAT’s successful procurement and launch of the MEASAT-3b satellite as “a great achievement” for MEASAT, for Malaysia’s ICT infrastructure, and for the Malaysian space industry. “We trust that MEASAT will continue to push the boundaries of both business and technology as they look to become the world’s leading emerging market satellite operator,“ he added.
“MEASAT is delighted with the successful launch of our largest and most advanced satellite to date,” added YBhg. Datuk Umar bin Haji Abu, Chairman, MEASAT. “We thank the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for their active support, without which this project would not have been possible.”
Over the next few days, the MEASAT-3b satellite will be raised from a geo-transfer orbit into a geostationary orbit at MEASAT’s key 91.5°E video neighbourhood. The satellite will then undergo testing for approximately one month, prior to being brought into commercial operations. MEASAT-3b will co-locate with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a to form one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.