IpStar launched; Asia broadband access gets big boost

MUMBAI: Broadband satellite Thaicom 4 (IpStar), the heaviest commercial satellite ever delivered to geosynchronous orbit, was lofted succesfully aboard an Ariane 5 launcher during an early-morning mission (5:20 am local time) yesterday, from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

Built for Thailands' Shin Satellite by Space Systems/Loral at a cost of $400 million, the large telecom platform had a liftoff mass of 6,485 kg and will provide Internet access service to 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

Once in operational service IPStar will generate 14 kW of electrical power during its planned 12-year mission life, providing Internet access and broadband services to businesses and consumers through 84 spot beams, three shaped beams and seven regional broadcast beams.

The launch was followed closely in Bangkok by more than 300 guests and 50 members of the media who attended a gathering organised by Shin Satellite. Guests watched Arianespace's video transmission of the mission, which provided a real-time monitoring of Ariane 5's final countdown. Shin Satellite executives are confident of signing contracts in China and India. Australia's Macquarie Telecom and New Zealand's BayCity are among the companies that have signed up.

The previous record for the heaviest satellite was Canadian telecommunications satellite Anik-F2, at 5.9 tons. That was launched by an Ariane-5 on 18 July, 2004.

Latest Reads
CASBAA lauds India; calls for more broadcast, satellite reforms

NEW DELHI: Asian pay TV industry organisation CASBAA, while applauding the Indian government for ease of doing business, exhorted policy makers to further streamline norms relating to the broadcast and satellite industries as it led to procedural delays impacting business.

Satellites Satellite Operators
Govt assures ease in licensing norms to TV channels, satellite operators

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Communications (MoC) yesterday, while allaying concerns of the broadcast and satcom industries, assured that the government would further ease norms for doing business in India and that processes were underway for implementation soon to do away with multiple permissions...

Satellites Satellite Operators
ISRO to double annual satellite launch

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to increase its satellite capacity by upping launches from next year to keep pace with demands from users and is also releasing request for proposals (RFP) for 30 satellites, top Indian government officials said.

Satellites Satellite Launches
Intelsat signs distribution contract with Indian teleport operator

MUMBAI: Intelsat S.A., an operator of the globalised network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and LAMHAS, a teleport operator in India, have announced a multi-year agreement for satellite services supporting media distribution in India via the Intelsat 20 satellite.

Satellites Teleports
Private sector enters satellite building with 'IRNSS replacement' launch today

MUMBAI: India's success in space exploration has been growing tremendously. One of the seven satellites in the constellation, as three rubidium atomic clocks on board had stopped functioning, the IRNSS- 1H satellite, weighing 1,425kg, will be launched from the second launch pad of the Satish...

Satellites Satellite Launches
AsiaSat 5 & Eurovision to deliver Taipei event in 4K & HD from 19 Aug

MUMBAI: Eurovision Media Services, in collaboration with its long-term satellite partner, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), will use AsiaSat 5 to deliver the Taipei 2017 Universiade across the Asia Pacific.

Satellites Satellite Operators
15 operational sats for communication, 26 under development

NEW DELHI: Fifteen of the 42 currently operational satellites are being utilised to meet the requirements of the communication industry, the minister of state in the department of space Jitendra Singh has said. Singh told the Parliament that the operational satellites in orbit comprise 18 earth...

Satellites Satellite Operators
AsiaSat 9 set for 28 September launch

AsiaSat 9, AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, is set for launch on 28 September Moscow time 09:50pm (29 September Baikonur time 00:50am, Hong Kong time 2:50am) on a Proton M/Breeze M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, after being in storage at Space Systems Loral’s facility with its Pre-...

Satellites Satellite Operators
Communication facilities increased with 7 satellites in last 3 years

NEW DELHI: Satellite Communication capability was augmented with seven more satellites in the last three years with GSAT-6, GSAT-9, GSAT-15, GSAT-16, GSAT-17, GSAT-18, and GSAT-19. Another major achievement since June 2014 has been the realisation of South Asia Satellite to enable South Asian...

Satellites Satellite Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories