Measat 3a Returns to the U.S.
[Satellite Today 12-01-08] The Measat 3a satellite has returned safely to the United States for repairs, Measat Satellite Systems said Nov. 28.
The satellite, which had been damaged during pre-launch operations in Baikonur, had undergone a complex de-fueling and decontamination procedure prior to its return to U.S.
According to Measat, the satellite is currently undergoing further decontamination at its facility in White Sands. Upon completion, the satellite will then be returned to Orbital Sciences’ factory for the replacement of a damaged nadir reflector, before shipment back to the launch site.
With 12 high-powered C-band and 12 high-powered Ku-Band transponders, Measat-3a is being designed to support the expansion of Measat’s DTH, broadcasting and telecoms businesses.