Thailand start-up business mu Space Corp has issued a Request for Proposals to the world’s main satellite builders for its own geostationary satellite to operate from 50.5 degrees East, in an association with SES.
SES operates its NSS-5 craft from the orbital position although the location was seen at the time (in 2012) as being in cooperation with telco Thaicom. The SES-Thai relationship was seen as being a precursor to Thailand placing Thaicom 9 at the slot, but that plan was scrubbed and the satellite cancelled.
Mu Space now says that it has reached an agreement with SES (and ground segment provider Hughes Network Systems) to build a new High Throughput Satellite for broadband/Internet of Things provision.
To date mu Space has leased capacity from SES (on SES-8 and SES-12) from 95 degrees East and from where it provides services to rural regions in Thailand.
Mu Space says it wants to see its satellite launched in “early 2020s”. The company has already signed a launch contract with the Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket company.