JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Telkom 3S telecommunications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Indonesia has been successfully launched from the Kourou launch pad in French Guyana by an Ariane 5 rocket.
In the frame of a turnkey contract for the Indonesian operator Telkom Indonesia, Thales Alenia Space is responsible of the design, construction, testing and in-orbit delivery of the satellite. It is also in charge of the launch and early orbital positioning phase (LEOP) and in-orbit tests (IOT). In addition, Thales Alenia Space will supply control center components and will train a team of engineers on site.
Located at 118 degree East, Telkom-3S will increase Telkom Indonesia C-band capacity and will also offer High Definition Television and remote GSM internet services in Ku-band across Indonesia, Southeast Asia and part of Malaysia.
Telkom-3S is based on the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000 family with a 6.5 kW payload fitted by 24 C-band transponders, 8 extended C-band transponders and 10 Ku-band transponders. With a launch mass of 3,550 kg at liftoff, he is designed for an expected lifetime of more than 16 years.
"We're very proud of this achievement -- and the excellent teamwork between Telkom Indonesia in France and Indonesia and Thales Alenia Space's Telkom 3S program team. We are very pleased to contribute to the expansion of Telkom Indonesia's satellite activities by delivering our upgraded version of the Spacebus 4000B2 which offers larger capacity in a smaller and lighter spacecraft," declared Bertrand Maureau EVP Telecommunication at Thales Alenia Space.
About Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space brings over 40 years of experience to the design, integration, testing and operation of innovative space systems for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies' "Space Alliance", which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Thales Alenia Space has built up unrivaled expertise in dual (civil-military) missions, constellations, flexible high-throughput payloads, altimetry, meteorology, and high-resolution radar and optical observation, as well as space exploration. The company capitalizes on its strong legacy, while also making innovation a key to its strategy. By offering a continuous stream of new products and expanding its global footprint, Thales Alenia Space has established its leadership in today's fast-evolving space sector. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues exceeding 2.1 billion euros in 2015 and has 7,500 employees in nine countries. www.thalesaleniaspace.com