Nusantara Dua satellite under construction at CAST in China

Nusantara Dua satellite under construction

The Nusantara 2 (Nusantara Dua, Palapa-N1) satellite was ordered by Palapa Satelit Nusantara Sejahtera, a Joint Venture between PT Pacifik Satellit Nusantara (PSN) and Indosat Ooredoo (formerly PT Indosat), both satellite operators from Indonesia. The satellite was built by China Academy for Space & Technology (CAST).

The HTS-satellite was based on China’s DFH-4E platform and carried a Ku-band payload of 10Gbps. Palapa-N1 was launched to replace aging Palapa-D satellite that was to be taken out of operation in August 2020 and operated by Indosat Ooredoo. Palapa-N1 satellite failed to orbit due to a launch failure.

Nusantara Dua satellite was launched on April 9th, 2020, on a Long March CZ-3B/E rocket, operated by launch operator CGWIC, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China. However, the third stage Launch Vehicle failed during launch and the satellite was lost. This was the second launch failure for China in one month.

Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) is the first private satellite company in Indonesia and one of the five national satellite operators that owns an orbital slot and operates its own satellites. Started as a satellite transponder provider, today PSN grew as a satellite-based information and communication serviceprovider in the Indonesian satellite communication industry for more than 28 years with the biggest satellite capacity in Indonesia. PSN is focused on the Asia-Pacific region to provide innovative communications solutions.

In October 2014 Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) ordered the Nusantara 1 (Nusantara Satu, PSN 6) satellite with Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). The satellite, with both C-band and Ku-band transponders, will be used for voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout South-East Asia and included a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload for service in Indonesia.
Nusantara 1 was launched on 22 February 2019 by launch operator SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite is located at 146° East longitude and is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer. It uses its next-generation electric propulsion system for station keeping.

In 2019 PSN selected Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. to deliver the ground station monitoring solution to support Nusantara 1 High-Throughput Satellite (VHTS) in the Indonesia region.