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Measat orders Astrium satellite
Posted: Wed, Jun 8, 2011, 6:36 AM ET (1036 GMT)
Measat-3b illustration (EADS Astrium) Malaysian satellite operator Measat announced Tuesday it has ordered a new satellite from European satellite manufacturer EADS Astrium. Measat-3b will be a Eurostar E3000 model satellite weighing 5.8 tonnes at launch and carrying 48 Ku-band transponders. Measat will locate the satellite at 91.5 degrees east in GEO, co-located with two other satellites to provide communications services for India and East Asia. The satellite will be the largest in Measat's fleet when launched in late 2013.
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