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    Satellite: Measat 3A

    MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.) announced in November 2005 the execution of a contract for the procurement of the MEASAT-3A spacecraft from Orbital Sciences Corporation. MEASAT-3A will provide high powered C and Ku-band capacity over Malaysia, Indonesia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

    The MEASAT-3A satellite will employ 12 C-band and 12 Ku-band transponders, each providing 36 MHz of bandwidth, over a 15 year minimum service life. The MEASAT-3A C-band payload, providing a global single beam covering Eastern Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Australia, has been designed to support the next generation of telecommunications and video services. The Ku-band payload, with two focused beams providing coverage over Malaysia and Indonesia, will support new Direct to Home (“DTH”) video and data services.

    Official Footprint map: C-band Global Beam

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    MEASAT-3a Satellite Launch Postponed

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (MEASAT) announced today the launch of its latest spacecraft, MEASAT-3a, originally scheduled for Aug 21, has been postponed.

    The postponement was due to a technical issue at the launch site.

    The issue is currently being assessed by Orbital Sciences, the spacecraft's manufacturer, with preparations underway for the spacecraft to be returned to the Orbital facility in Dulles, US, for repair, it said.

    "While unfortunate, our technical team is working closely with Orbital Sciences, Intelsat Corporation (the launch services provider), and SeaLaunch (Intelsat's sub-contractor) to ascertain the most prudent approach to repair the spacecraft and prepare it for a revised launch date, which will be announced in due course," said Paul Brown-Kenyon, MEASAT chief operating officer, in a statement to Bursa Malaysia today.

    With 12 high-powered C-band and 12 high-powered Ku-Band transponders, MEASAT-3a has been designed to support the expansion of MEASAT's Direct-to-Home (DTH), Broadcasting and Telecommunications businesses.

    The postponement will have no impact on the services provided by the company to existing customers and no material impact on the companys financial results for the current financial year, the statement said.

    MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to Asias leading broadcasters, DTH platforms and telecom operators.

    With the recent commissioning of AFRICASAT-1, the MEASAT fleet is able to provide satellite capacity over 145 countries representing 80 percent of the worlds population across Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

    The fleet will be further enhanced with the launch of MEASAT-3a, providing additional capacity and in-orbit redundancy at the Company's key 91.5E orbital video slot.

    Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications services including high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, collocation, uplinking and IP termination services.

    For more information, visit MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd..

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    MEASAT-3a Moving Back To The U.S. For Repairs

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    The schedule was set — MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd's MEASAT-3a was moving toward its launch date of August 21st from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Now, instead of blasting into orbit, MEASAT-3a must be returned to Orbital Sciences in the U.S. for repairs, only described as of this writing as "technical issues". The company is working with both the launch services provider, Intelsat, and that firm's subcontractor, SeaLaunch, to determine the best method to handle the repairs and to then establish a new launch date for the satellite. The payload is comprised of 12 Ku- and 12 high power C-band transponders. The satellite operator will be Astro All-Asia, who also happens to be a MEASAT sister company. The satellite is planned to expand that firm's telecoms and DTH services to a broad Malaysian customer base.

    Additionally, MEASAT will now have to reschedule the student event planned to commemorate the launch of the MEASAT-3a spacecraft. The Company had awarded 25 top students from around the world, including 5 students from Malaysia, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the Russian space industry in Moscow and Baikonur. The highlight of the trip, which was scheduled to take place between 16th and 22nd of August, was the chance to see the launch of the MEASAT-3a spacecraft. MEASAT’s Corporate Social Responsibility program is focused on developing the next generation of Malaysia’s technology leaders. With this focus in mind, the company has been undertaking a number of activities including engaging with local schools and universities to raise the awareness of their students of the local space industry; supporting Malaysian postgraduate students at European universities to develop knowledge in the space industry; and focus on the personal and professional development of staff

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    Crane Damages MEASAT 3A At Baikonur


    Launch of the MEASAT 3A satellite has been pushed back indefinitely while manufacturer Orbital Sciences assesses the damage done after a crane struck the spacecraft on Aug. 9 local time at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

    Launch provider Land Launch was preparing the Malaysian communications satellite for a planned Aug. 21 liftoff on a Zenit-3SLB rocket. The accident occurred when a crane operator was moving a piece of ground equipment after the spacecraft was mated with the rocket's upper stage, according to Land Launch spokeswoman Paula Korn.

    MEASAT (Malaysia East Asia Satellite) and Orbital engineers are at the site assessing the damage, which may require the spacecraft to be returned to Orbital's satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Va., for repair. The assessment is expected to take several weeks. MEASAT 3A is the first spacecraft built for MEASAT by Orbital.

    MEASAT 3A is the second mission for Land Launch, which orbited the Amos 3 satellite for Spacecom in April (Aerospace DAILY, April 29). The Zenit-3SLB is a modified version of the Zenit-3SL operated from Sea Launch's oceangoing Odyssey launch platform.

    Depending on the length of the MEASAT 3A delay, Land Launch may end up orbiting its undisclosed third customer next, according to Korn. "I don't know exactly how the manifest is going to turn out," she said.

    The 2,417-kilogram (4,448-pound ) MEASAT 3A carries 12 Ku-band and 12 C-band active transponders to serve customers in Malaysia and Indonesia from its planned orbital slot at 91.5 degrees E. Long.

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    MEASAT-3a Back in the U.S.

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    The MEASAT-3a satellite is now back in the U.S. where it will undergo repairs after being damaged during pre-launch operations in Baikonur, where it had undergone a complex de-fueling and decontamination procedure. The satellite is currently undergoing further decontamination in White Sands, New Mexico.

    You may recall that an unfortunate episode in which a crane struck the fuel-laden spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan rendering it unable to launch. The craft was attached to the Block DM-SLB upper stage of the Zenit rocket, when an overhead crane operated by a technician impacted the 5,181-pound satellite, which was already fueled with toxic propellant for its maneuvering thrusters. The accident occurred while moving ground support equipment in Area 31 at Baikonur before the craft was encapsulated inside the rocket's payload fairing, according to Sea Launch.

    After this, the satellite will be returned to the Orbital factory for the replacement of a damaged Nadir Reflector, before shipment back to the launch site. “We are working closely with Orbital, the spacecraft manufacturer, to ensure a speedy return of the satellite to the launch site,” said Dr. Ali Ebadi, Senior Vice President, Space Systems Development at MEASAT located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    MEASAT-3a SECURES JUNE 2009 LAUNCH

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    KUALA LUMPUR, 27 February 2009 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") announced today that it has received confirmation from Intelsat Corporation that the MEASAT-3a satellite has been scheduled for launch in June 2009.

    MEASAT is also pleased to announce that MEASAT-3a has been returned to the Orbital Sciences facility in Dulles, U.S. after the completion of a complex de-fueling and decontamination process. The satellite is now undergoing final repairs and testing in preparation for the June 2009 launch.

    "We have been working closely with Orbital Sciences on the repairs of the satellite," said Dr Ali Ebadi, MEASAT’s Senior Vice President of Space Systems Development. "We are happy with the progress, and we look forward to seeing the satellite return to the launch site for a June 2009 launch."

    MEASAT-3a, manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation, has been designed to support the growth of the MEASAT Direct-to-Home TV and Broadcast Distribution neighborhood at the 91.5E orbital slot. The launch of the satellite on a Land-Launch Zenit-3SLB launch vehicle, contracted with Intelsat Corporation, had been postponed from August 2008 due to an incident during pre-launch operations at the launch site.

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    Orbital in Final Preparations For Launch of MEASAT-3a Communications Satellite

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    (Dulles, VA 2 June 2009) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that the MEASAT-3a commercial communications satellite has arrived at its launch site at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The MEASAT spacecraft is scheduled to be launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit aboard a Land Launch rocket. The launch is currently scheduled to take place in late June 2009.

    The arrival of MEASAT-3a at Baikonur marks the return of the spacecraft to the launch site following a six-month process to decontaminate, diagnose, repair and retest the spacecraft after it was damaged during crane operations at the launch complex and returned to the company’s Dulles, VA facilities. The accident resulted in postponement of the satellite’s initial launch date and the initiation of a series of processes by Orbital to repair and retest the satellite that focused on ensuring mission success.

    "We are very pleased to have helped our MEASAT customer get to the point of final launch preparations for the MEASAT-3a spacecraft,” said Mr. Mike Magoffin, Orbital’s Program Director. “Our efforts throughout the repair and retesting activity were focused on returning the spacecraft to the program’s original mission assurance standards, which we have verified through thorough inspection and testing. Preparing the satellite for launch in this short amount of time is testimony to Orbital’s ability to react quickly to unforeseen events and our focus on total customer support.”

    The MEASAT-3a satellite was designed, developed, built and tested by Orbital under a contract awarded to the company in 2005 by MEASAT Satellite Systems of Malaysia. Originally designed to replace the MEASAT-1 spacecraft, MEASAT-3a will be MEASAT’s fourth communications satellite, providing C-band communications services throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Ku-band direct-to-home television broadcasting to Malaysia and Indonesia. The spacecraft will be located at an orbital slot of 91.5 degrees East longitude and will generate approximately 3.5 kilowatts of payload power.

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    MEASAT-3a IN FINAL PREPARATION FOR JUNE 22 LAUNCH

    KUALA LUMPUR, 12 June 2009 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT” or “Company”) announced today that the MEASAT-3a satellite is now at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in final preparations for launch. The satellite, manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, US, is scheduled for launch on a Zenit 3-SLB Landlaunch launch vehicle at 3:50 a.m. local time (5:50 a.m. KL time) on Monday 22 June 2009.

    The Company’s fourth satellite, MEASAT-3a will add an additional 12 Ku-Band and 12 C-Band transponders to its fleet, increasing by 50% the amount of satellite capacity at the Company’s prime 91.50E orbital hotslot. With Ku-Band coverage of Malaysia and Indonesia, and a C-Band beam that reaches over 110 countries representing 70% of the world’s population, the satellite will support the continued growth of the Company’s broadcasting and telecommunications business.

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    Current Mission: MEASAT-3a (formerly MEASAT-1R)

    The Land Launch team is now preparing for the launch of the MEASAT-3a satellite (formerly MEASAT-1R) on June 21 at 2:50pm Pacific Time (21:50 GMT), from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. A Zenit-3SLB launch vehicle will deliver the 2,366 kg (5,216 lb) communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit for MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The satellite carries 12 Ku-band and 12 C-band transponders and features three antennas to provide C-band fixed satellite services across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia; and Ku-band direct-to-home television broadcasting to Malaysia and Indonesia.


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    Preparations underway for launch of MEASAT-3a satellite

    Preparations are underway at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan for the launch of the MEASAT-3a (formerly MEASAT-1R) communications satellite on June 21, at 2:50pm Pacific Time (21:50 GMT), at the start of a 17-minute launch window.
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