Malaysian satellite operator Measat is unable to recover the Measat-3 satellite after suffering an anomaly on June 21. The company has announced that it is now in the process of deorbing the satellite, which will take place over the next few weeks.
Measat is still investigating with Boeing Satellite Systems, the maker of the satellite. “Despite maintaining continuous telemetry and command control of Measat-3, further testing and recovery efforts revealed that the satellite could not re-enter service,” the operator said.
Measat-3, a Boeing 601 satellite, had provided satellite communications services for nearly 15 years since its launch in December 2006. The spacecraft, manufactured by BSS, is equipped with C-band and Ku-band repeaters that cover more than 100 countries in Asia. , Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Measat-3’s Ku-band customers included Encompass Digital Media, Himalaya TV High Definition, which is distributed in Nepal and Asia-Pacific, beIN Asia-Pacific, and several other regional broadcasters.
Airbus Defense and Space is building Measat’s replacement satellite, Measat-3d, based on the E3000 satellite platform.
Measat is currently finalizing the launch date for Measat-3d in early 2022, which is expected to restore redundancy of orbiting satellites on the company’s key orbital hotslot at 91.5 ° E, providing direct broadcast (DTH) services. , broadcasting and telecommunications. for the region, in addition to dramatically improving broadband speed up to 100 Mbps in areas with limited terrestrial connectivity or without any connectivity across Malaysia.