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SpaceX Successfully Launches Indonesia’s 1st High Throughput Satellite

By | February 22, 2019

SpaceX launching SSL’s Nusantara Satu satellite on Feb 21. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX successfully launched SSL‘s Nusantara Satu communications satellite, built for Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the SpaceX launch base in Cape Canaveral, Florida yesterday. The satellite is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan, and deployed its solar arrays on schedule.

Nusantara Satu is a multi-mission satellite that includes Indonesia’s first High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload. Previously called PSN VI, the satellite aims to provide voice, data and video distribution service throughout South East Asia. PSN is the first private satellite telecommunications company in Indonesia and a provider of satellite-based telecommunication services.

Nusantara Satu is also one of the first satellites to use SSL’s next-generation electric propulsion system, which aims to provide increased power, flexibility and performance.