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MEASAT orders new satellite from Airbus Defence and Space

Largest satellite ever ordered by the Malaysian operator

The Malaysian communications satellite operator MEASAT has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build MEASAT-3b, a new satellite to augment its core Ku-band business in Malaysia, India and Indonesia. Planned for launch in 2013, the powerful MEASAT-3b satellite will more than double the current Ku-band capacity operated by MEASAT.

MEASAT-3b – the largest satellite ever ordered by MEASAT – is designed to have a launch mass of 5.8 tonnes and electrical power of 16 kW. It is planned for more than 15 years of operation.

The MEASAT-3b satellite will be based on Airbus Defence and Space’s high-performance Eurostar E3000 platform and will be able to provide 48 Ku-band transponders simultaneously.

Since the launch of the very first Eurostar, Inmarsat-2 F1, on 30 October 1990, Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar satellites have together accumulated nearly 400 years of successful in orbit operation.

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