PT Telkom Satellites Complete the Test in Orbit
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Wednesday, August 22 2018 - 21:00 IWST
Satelit Merah Putih ( Photo courtesy: SSL)
INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Merah Putih Satellite owned by PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) is currently undergoing a test in orbit 108 degrees East Longitude after successfully sliding on August 7. On August 18, 2018 at 23:00 West Indonesia Time, the Red and White Satellite has completed the Raising Orbit stages on schedule and is in normal conditions
"At present the Red and White Satellite has been in the orbit slot 108 degrees East Longitude or above around the Karimata Strait area and is currently undergoing In Orbit Test (IoT)," said VP Corporate Communication Telkom Arif Prabowo through an official statement in Jakarta on Tuesday ( 8/21/2018)
IOT activities are carried out around 25 days since August 18. If the "in orbit test" is successfully passed without constraints, it is expected that this satellite is ready for use in the third week of September 2018.
Arif explained the Merah Putih Satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Orlando, Florida, United States, carrying 60 transponders consisting of 24 C-Band transponders and 12 Extended C-Band transponders with a design life of 16 years. This satellite is planned to operate serving the territory of Indonesia and Southeast Asian and South Asian countries.
"We ask for prayers from all Indonesian people to smooth the entire technical process that must be passed by the Merah Putih Satellite, so that the satellite can operate according to the specified schedule," said Arif.
The presence of the Merah Putih Satellite is expected to meet national transponder requirements, reducing digital divide in Indonesia. This satellite will provide oadband communication services in areas that cannot be reached by fiber optic technology or other communication systems, especially in the frontier, outermost and lagging (3T) regions.