MEASAT


MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd, formerly Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd is the Malaysian satellite operator, which owns and operates the MEASAT (Malaysia East Asia Satellite) and AFRICASAT spacecraft. The company provides satellite services to leading international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across six (6) 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.



History


In 1993, Malaysia's Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, called for the end of the Malaysian government's monopoly on communications services. He believed that the creation of privately owned companies could better serve Malaysia's communications needs in the decades ahead. One result of Mahathir's 1993 "Malaysia Plan" was the creation of the Binariang Sdn. Bhd. company by Malaysian tycoon Ananda Krishnan, which was given the charter to develop Malaysia's first satellite communications system.

In 1994, Binariang signed a contract with Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS) for two Model 376 satellites. The project was named the "Malaysia East Asia Satellite" program, or "MEASAT". The satellites opened the door to reliable telephone and data transmission services to all of Malaysia, helping to strengthen the unity between the peninsula and the island portions of the nation. The satellites also contributed greatly to the rapid growth of computer networking in Malaysia, as well as the creation of a new direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television service, called "Astro".

Since the launch of MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-2 in 1996, the company has expanded its fleet to across six geostationary satellites.



References

www.wikipedia.com
www.measat.com
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.satbeams.com
www.thaicom.net



Satellites

MEASAT-1 (Africasat-1)

Oribital Position: 92° E
Manufacturer: Hughes Space & Communications (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 1996
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 4
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: Retired. MEASAT-1 was renamed in Africasat-1 in Januari 2008.

MEASAT-2 (Africasat-2)

Oribital Position: 148° E inclined
Manufacturer: Hughes Space & Communications (Boeing CSS)
Launch date:  14-Nov-1996
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected lifetime: 11.5 years

Note: MEASAT-2 was renamed in Africasat-2 in 2010.

MEASAT-5 (Thaicom-4, iPSTAR)

Oribital Position: 120° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 11 Aug 2005
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5EGS
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: MEASAT signed 10-year contract with Thaicom to have access to 7 spotbeams.

YouTube: Please check the MEASAT-5 satellite launch!
 

MEASAT-3

Oribital Position: 92° E
Manufacturer: Hughes Space & Communications (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 12 Dec 2006
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

MEASAT-3a

Oribital Position: 91° E
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date:  21 June 2009
Launch Operator: Space International services - SIS (Land Launch)
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SLB
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

YouTube: Please check the MEASAT-3A Satellite launch!
 

Africasat-1a (Azerspace-1)

Oribital Position: 46° E
Manufacturer: Orbital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 08 Feb 2013
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15+ years

Note: Satelite is operated by Azercosmos in Baku and is a joint venture between MEASAT & Azercosmos. MEASAT owns the orbital slot rights.

Youtube: Watch the Africasat-1a (Azerspace-1) satellite launch!

MEASAT-3b (Jabiru-2)

Oribital Position: 92° E
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date:  12 Sept 2014
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: Australian NewSat is leasing Ku-band capacity and is marketing as Jabiru-2.
 
YouTube: Please check the MEASAT-3b satellite launch!

MEASAT-3c (Jabiru-1)

Oribital Position: 92° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 30 June 2016
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 12 years
 
Note: Ku- and S-band capacity is leased to the Australian NewSat and is branded as Jabiru-1.