SpaceX to lift Indonesia satellite on Feb 21
February 19, 2019
By Chris Forrester
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Indonesia’s PSN 6 communications satellite into orbit on February 21st from Cape Canaveral.
PSN 6 (for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara) was built by Space Systems/Loral (now part of Maxar technology) and will be placed at 146 degrees East.
The satellite carries 38 C-band and 18 Ku-band high-throughput transponders to provide voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. PSN-6 will employ conventional chemical propellant for east-west station-keeping in orbit.
The satellite had been expected to launch last year but SpaceX needed a co-passenger for the launch to be financially sensible. That client is the privately-funded SpaceIL Moon Lander, developed by Israel’s SpaceIL organisation plus some smaller scientific missions.