FLORIDA, presidentpost.id – The Red and White Satellite belonging to Telkom Indonesia has successfully been launched with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, Cape Canaveral, Air Force Station, Florida, United States. This means that the ‘critical’ times on the launch of a rocket have been passed.
Then just wait for the satellite to enter the predetermined orbit of slot 108 degree East Longitude or above the Karimata Strait.
“I thank you for your support and prayers. We are grateful that the launch of the satellite has been completed and just waiting for the time to go into orbit,” said President Director of Telkom Indonesia, Alex J. Sinaga in a live streaming video from Florida, USA, on Tuesday (8/7).
A report from merdeka.com says it takes approximately 30 minutes for the satellite to reach the orbit and start to operate. If nothing gets in the way, the satellite is ready for use on September 15, 2018.
The Red and White satellite was prepared for 28 months and involved the human resources from Telkom Indonesia to learn about satellites. Regarding the cost, the satellite launch project only costs US$165 million, equivalent to Rp2.38 trillion (Rp14,475/US$), including the insurance premium of US$10 million.
The satellite, which is intended to replace the Telkom 1, carries 60 active transponders consisting of 24 C-Band transponders and 12 C-Band extended transponders that will serve the Southeast Asia region, including Indonesia, as well as 24 C-Band transponders that will cover the South Asia. This satellite relies on the SSL 1300 platform with a design for a lifespan of 16 years.
The construction of the Merah Putih Satellite involves two US companies, SSL as the manufacturer of the satellite and SpaceX as the provider of satellite launching services.
SSL is a well-known satellite manufacturer and has successfully completed the construction of the Red White Satellite faster than scheduled. The Red and White Satellite was then launched to its orbital slot using the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket. (MRDK/TPP)