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.