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14 July 2022, 17:36

Indonesia's SATRIA-1 satellite projected to orbit on 2023: official

JAKARTA, 14 July (BelTA - ANTARA News Agensy). - The Republic of Indonesia Satellite Project (SATRIA-1) is currently entering the development stage, with 68.3-percent completion cumulatively, and is projected to orbit in 2023.

This information was conveyed by Director of the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) of the Communication and Informatics Ministry, Anang Latief, who confirmed that development of Indonesia's newest satellite project was still in progress.

"For the orbital slot, SATRIA-1 will use the orbital slot 146 E. SATRIA-1 is currently in the construction process that began at the end of 2020 and will continue until the end of 2023. By June 2022, the progress in construction of SATRIA-1 has reached 68.3-percent completion. In the fourth quarter of 2023, SATRIA-1 is expected to be operated," Latief told ANTARA.

SATRIA-1 is a Government Multifunction Satellite (SMP) built through the Government and Business Entity Cooperation (PPP) financing method since 2019.

The telecommunications services strengthened by SATRIA-1 are internet networks that will complement digital infrastructure nationally, especially for public services in the frontier, outermost, and disadvantaged (3T) areas.

Latief noted that some 150 thousand public service points comprising educational facilities, local government, defense and security administration, and health facilities throughout Indonesia will be served by SATRIA-1 later.

The satellite will have a capacity of 150 Gbps using High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology, with a Ka-Band frequency. Satellite manufacturer of the SATRIA-1 project is Thales Alenia Space, using a launcher from the Falcon 9-5500.

To support the performance of SATRIA-1, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics will also provide a backup satellite in the form of a Hot Backup Satellite (HBS), with a capacity of 80 Gbps, Latief noted.

He remarked that the HBS Provision Project also uses HTS technology with the Ka-Band frequency in collaboration with a satellite manufacturer, Boeing, and was launched using the Space-X rocket launcher, Falcon 9.

Indonesian administrators will use the orbit slot 113 E. The HBS provision project is currently in the construction phase starting in the second quarter of 2022 and is planned to be launched in the second quarter of 2023 into space.

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