Measat chooses Ariane for 8K satellite
November 22, 2019
By Chris Forrester
Malaysia’s Measat has chosen Arianespace to launch its next satellite, Measat-3d. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021.
Measat-3d is a heavyweight craft, built by Airbus Defence & Space, and is a sophisticated satellite with on-board capability to serve the growth requirements of 4G & 5G mobile networks in Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional distribution capacity for video in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite will weigh approximately 5,734 kg. at launch, and offers an operational life of 19 years.
Commenting on this latest contract, Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël said: “We are honoured that Measat entrusted the launch of Measat-3d to Arianespace, renewing a long standing partnership with this Malaysian operator that dates back to 1996. With one new commercial success for Ariane 5, the Ariane family reasserts itself as the best-suited solution to reach the geostationary orbit, just a few weeks before the 40 years of Ariane and before the advent of Ariane 6 in 2020!”