Measat has ordered a new satellite, Measat-3d which it says will progressively replace two existing orbital craft in its fleet at 91.5 degrees East. The news was released at the Satellite 2019 show in Washington DC.
The order goes to Airbus Defense & Space and it should orbit in 2021 with a lifetime of at least 15 years.
The two satellites it will replace are Measat-3 which is 13 years old and Meaat-3a which has been in orbit for 10 years. Both satellites could be released for use in other orbit positions although Measat-3 would likely be operated in inclined orbit.
Measat CTO Edmund Kong said the new satellite would be equipped with C and Ku-band payloads and serve HD, 4K and potentially 8K transmissions for Malaysia.