Telkom-2 at 118° East
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5ECA|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
PT Telkom awarded Orbital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK – Northrop Grumman) a contract for the construction of the Telkom-2 telecommunications satellite. The 73 million USD satellite was based on Orbital’s Star-2 platform, carrying 24 C-band transponders and designed for a 15-year in-orbit life.
In August 2017 Telkom-1 satellite experienced a major failure, causing a service disruption to thousands of ATM’s in Indonesia. The disruption had tremendous repercussions for PT Telkom, whose Telkom-1 services 63 enterprises, and whose subsidiary Telkomsel services 122 million residents of Indonesia. Telkom-2 was replaced by Telkom-4 communication satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), launched in 2018 by launch operator SpaceX.
Telkom-2 was launched in a dual launch with DirecTV’s Spaceway-2 High-definition TV satellite on November 16th, 2005 by launch operator Arianespace on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. The Telkom-2 satellite was positioned in geostationary orbit at 118°E, replacing the Palapa B4 satellite.