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Measat-3b satellite ready to launch
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MEASAT is expected to launch its sixth satellite, MEASAT-3b, using their Ariane 5 Launcher in the upcoming weeks.

According to its statement today, the launch of the satellite MEASAT-3b would boost the support data and video services across Malaysia, India Indonesia and Australia.

After successfully having completed the final integration and testing of the satellite (MEASAT-3b) from the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, it was transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana to be launched.


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Media Release from Measat

Kuala Lumpur, 14 April 2014 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today that Airbus Defence and Space (“Airbus”) has successfully completed the final integration and testing of MEASAT- 3b. The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and has been transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite is due to be launched in the upcoming weeks by an Ariane 5 launcher. Launch and Early Orbit Phase operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space’s spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.

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Media Release from Arianespace

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In the photo 1 , the shipping container with MEASAT-3b emerges from the An-124 cargo aircraft after delivery at Félix Eboué International Airport yesterday. Photo 2, Ariane 5 is transfered from the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building today.

April 15, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA218

Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission are gearing up following this week’s delivery of MEASAT-3b – one of two satellite passengers for launch on the heavy-lift flight – to French Guiana.

This spacecraft was transported by a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner that landed at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne, and was unloaded for its transfer by road to the Spaceport.

In parallel activity, this mission’s Ariane 5 was moved today from the Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building – marking its delivery to Arianespace by vehicle prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space. With this step completed, the workhorse launcher is ready for integration of its dual-satellite payload.

MEASAT-3b – which was produced by Airbus Defence and Space based on the Eurostar E3000 platform – will be operated by MEASAT to support direct-to-home broadcast services for Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. Positioned at 91.5 degrees East, MEASAT-3b will be co-located with the MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites to form a robust Asian direct-to-home neighborhood.

Joining MEASAT-3b as its Ariane 5 flight co-passenger is Optus 10, which was produced by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for Australian telecommunications service provider Optus. It is outfitted with 24 Ku-band transponders to provide direct TV broadcast, internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission services for Australia and New Zealand.

Designated Flight VA218 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this upcoming mission represents the 218th launch of an Ariane family vehicle.
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This is real good news for Sun Direct customers...

Any idea about launch date?
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MEASAT-3b on 27 May and MEASAT-3c in H2 2015.
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