Satellite: Palapa D
PT Indosat Tbk, chose Thales Alenia Space to build and launch the Palapa-D satellite. Palapa-D, which launch is expected during second half 2009, will replace Palapa-C2 satellite which will expired in 2011 placed in slot 113º East.
Based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus-4000B3 platform, Palapa-D satellite will have larger capacity compared to Palapa-C2 satellite of which it has 24 standard C-band, 11 extended C-Band and 5 Ku-band transponders, with coverage of Indonesia, ASEAN countries, Asian countries, Middle East and Australia. Palapa-D satellite will have a launch mass of 4.1 tons, a payload power of 6 kW and service life time of 15 years.
Indosat appointed Thales Alenia Space to build and launch Palapa-D satellite through a tender process in which Indosat invited several potential experienced manufacturers from domestic and international. Indosat based the appointment of Thales Alenia Space on its capability to meet Indosat's requirements and its ability to provide competitive and comprehensive communications solutions. Indosat and Thales Alenia Space have jointly selected Long March 3B as the launch vehicle for the Palapa-D satellite.
The cost of building and launching Palapa-D project is between US$200 - US$300 million. Indosat will finance this Palapa-D satellite with company's internal and external resources.
Official Footprint map: C-band Global Asia-Pasific Region Beam & C-band Asean Beam