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Indonesia & SpaceX Collaborate To Launch Country's Largest Telecommunication Satellite

Updated: Jan 5

SpaceX, in partnership with Indonesia, successfully deploys the SATRIA-1 satellite to bridge the digital divide in remote areas.

Credits: REUTERS

Indonesia and Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, have joined forces to launch the nation's most significant telecommunication satellite, a groundbreaking $540 million initiative aimed at connecting remote regions of the archipelago to the internet.

In Indonesia, approximately two-thirds of the population, totalling 280 million people, already have internet access. However, the underdeveloped eastern islands suffer from limited connectivity. Addressing this issue, Mahfud MD, a senior Indonesian minister, stated that satellite technology would play a vital role in bringing internet access to remote villages beyond the reach of fibre optic cables within the next decade.

The Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia, known as SATRIA-1, weighed an impressive 4.5 tonnes and was constructed by Thales Alenia Space. It was successfully launched into orbit from Florida by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which then executed a precise landing at an offshore location.

SATRIA-1 will occupy an orbital slot above Indonesia's eastern Papua region. With an impressive throughput capacity of 150 gigabytes per second, it is set to provide internet access to 50,000 public service points. The Indonesian government, in collaboration with satellite service provider PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga, spearheads this public-private partnership.

  • SpaceX and Indonesia collaborate on a $540 million telecommunication satellite project.

  • The SATRIA-1 satellite will connect remote areas of the archipelago to the Internet.

  • Two-thirds of Indonesia's population already use the internet, but connectivity is limited in underdeveloped regions.

  • SATRIA-1, weighing 4.5 tonnes, was deployed into orbit by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

  • The satellite has a throughput capacity of 150 gigabytes per second and will offer internet access to 50,000 public service points.

  • The initiative is a government-public partnership between Indonesia and PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga.

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