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On board: the MEASAT-3b satellite for video and data services in South Asia and Australia

Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, is preparing for the launch of MEASAT-3b, scheduled for 11 September on board an Ariane 5 launcher, the programme which Airbus Defence and Space has been prime contractor for since 2003.

“MEASAT-3b is the largest satellite ever to have been ordered by Asian operator MEASAT” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “The satellite and its co-passenger will be launched by Ariane 5, making this the third flight this year where Airbus Defence and Space has been the prime contractor for both the launcher and its payload, following the successful launches of Astra 5B and the fifth ATV space cargo vehicle.”

The satellite will be launched into the orbital position 91.5° East, where it will join satellites MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a. Together, they will form Asia’s most robust direct-to-home (DTH) television satellite environment. Capable of operating 48 transponders in the Ku band, MEASAT-3b will be used to support demand for video and data services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space control centre in Toulouse.

As the prime contractor for the Ariane launchers, Airbus Defence and Space has been coordinating the industrial chain for the Ariane 5 programme since 2003, bringing together more than 550 companies (more than 20% of which are SMEs) in 12 European countries. The company likewise manages the entire industrial logistics chain, all equipment production and the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in accordance with the customer’s specifications. Thanks to the expertise the company has developed and the investments it has made over a period of almost 10 years, Ariane 5 is now the most reliable commercial launcher on the global market, having increased its cargo capacity by almost one tonne in geostationary orbit. At the cutting edge of European know-how, the Ariane 5 launcher has been specially designed to transport heavy payloads into space.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity today across five (5) communication satellites, the company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

The MEASAT fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites at 91.5°E supporting Asia’s premium DTH and video distribution neighbourhood; MEASAT-2 at 148.0°E; and, MEASAT-5 at 119.5°E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0°E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3b in May 2014 and MEASAT-3c in H2 2015.

Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services. For more information, please visit


Ilham Bakti Adnan      MEASAT        
+60 (3) 8213 2154

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