MEASAT-3d, described by Malaysian operator MEASAT as its latest and most advanced satellite, has now entered commercial service, after its handover by Airbus Defence and Space.
As we reported at the time, the launch of MEASAT-3d took place on 22 June 2022 from Kourou, French Guiana. In orbit testing was successfully completed a month later, ahead of schedule.
MEASAT-3d, a multi-mission satellite with a planned lifespan of more than 18 years, carries C-band and Ku-band payloads for video and direct-to-home services and a high-throughput multiple spot beam Ka-band payload optimised to deliver high-speed broadband internet communications for Malaysia; this will include users in the most remote areas of the country.
The satellite also hosts a Q/V band payload, described as the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, allowing the satellite to study radio frequency propagation effects in high rainfall regions like Malaysia, to enable the design of its next generation satellites. In addition, MEASAT-3d carries a hosted payload for Korean satellite communication operator KTSAT related to airline flight safety.
“With this, MEASAT-3d is ready to support the Malaysian Government’s National Digital Network (JENDELA) target to achieve 100% internet coverage by 2025, as well as our clients’ plans to expand service offerings and improve customer experience,” said Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Operating Officer, MEASAT.