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Measat Confirms Measat-3 Anomaly and Investigation with Boeing

By | July 19, 2021

Measat 3b. Photo: Measat.

Malaysian satellite operator Measat has moved customers off of its Measat-3 satellite after it suffered an anomaly in late June. The company issued a statement on July 17 confirming the anomaly and an update that the operator maintains continuous telemetry and command control of Measat-3.

“To date, almost all customer services on Measat-3 have been restored onto backup satellite capacity on other co-located Measat satellites and third-party satellites serving the region … Migration and service restoration for broadcast services had been immediate,” the company wrote in the statement.

SpaceNews’ Jason Rainbow reported in June that ExoAnalytic Solutions’ space tracking system first detected the anomaly when it noticed Measat 3 drifting out of its 91.5 East orbital slot. ExoAnalytic reported no debris in proximity to or caused by the drifting satellite.

Measat-3’s Ku-band customers include:  Encompass Digital Media Himalaya TV High Definition (HD) (HTV), which is distributed across Nepal and Asia PacificbeIN Asia-Pacific; and several other regional broadcasters. The satellite also offers C-band services to Asia, Australia, Southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The satellite’s builder, Boeing Satellite Services (BSS) is currently investigated what went wrong with Measat-3 to find the root cause of the anomaly.  Measat also deactivated transponders on the satellite to prevent interference with other satellites and informed Combined Space Operations Centre (CSpOC) via Space-Track to track the Measat-3 satellite and notify other operators of the satellite’s orbital location. The operator said it would issue a report on the outcome of the investigation, “in due course.”