Measat-3d and India’s GSAT-24 satellites readied
April 27, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Measat’s latest satellite, its 3d ‘triple payload’ with Ku, Ka, C-band and even L-band on board, is due to launch on June 22nd. Also on board the Arianespace rocket will be India’s GSAT-24.
The Arianespace launch, from Kourou in French Guiana, will be the first of the year. Arianespace’s Mission VA257 will help improve the broadband coverage in the Asia-Pacific region.
This Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport, is scheduled for June 22, during a current planned launch window from 21:03 to 22:43 UTC.
The satellites will be launched for two major actors and long-standing Arianespace customers: Malaysia’s Measat, and NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS).
Measat-3d, to be co-located with Measat-3a and Measat-3b at the 91.5°E orbital slot, is a multi-mission telecommunications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space. This new satellite will significantly enhance broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps per user in areas with limited or no terrestrial network throughout Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for video distribution in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region.
GSAT-24, a Ku-band 4-ton class communications satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) that will provide high-quality television, telecomms and broadcasting services over India.