Watch SpaceX launch Kacific1 into orbit to bring internet to mlns in the AP (video)


Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has announced the successful launch of its Kacific1 communications satellite.

Kacific-1 will reach people living across both the most remote rural locations and the most densely populated urban centres in the Asia Pacific region
Kacific-1 will reach people living across both the most remote rural locations and the most densely populated urban centres in the Asia Pacific region Supplied

The Kacific-1 communications satellite blasted off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7.10pm eastern time (UTC-4) on Monday, December 16 and reached its targeted orbit 33 minutes later.

The 702-MP Boeing-built High Throughput Satellite (HTS) is expected to take about six weeks to complete a sequence of in-orbit manoeuvres and tests before settling in to a geostationary orbit approximately 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles) above the equator.

From there its 56 high-throughput beams will deliver high-speed mobile and broadband internet services to more than 600 million people in 25 Asia-Pacific nations including Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei, and Timor-Leste across the 56 Ka-band frequency spectrum.

Speaking after the successful launch Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux, said “Kacific1 is the newest and most powerful commercial satellite operating in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bring positive change

“Its range of services, from mobile backhaul to broadband internet via VSAT terminals, will provide a catalyst for positive change in the nations it is about to serve. I’m thrilled to start seeing the social and economic impact of Kacific1″.

The Kacific-1 satellite (JCSAT-18-Kacific1) at the SpaceX launch facility
The Kacific-1 satellite (JCSAT-18-Kacific1) at the SpaceX launch facility Kacific

Kacific’s first launch was watched in Florida by more than 160 guests from telecommunication and internet service provider customers, government agencies and regulators, not-for-profit organisations, university faculty, and Kacific investors, management and staff from across the Asia-Pacific.

The successful launch of Kacific1 was SpaceX’s 47th and its 29th aboard a drone ship, while the 11-day turnaround of pad 40 was a company record.

The launch comes less than two weeks after the group announced it had secured $160 million in new loans led by the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GuarantCo, a private infrastructure development organisation. See: ADB stumps up $50 mln to help Kacific-1 bring internet to billions in AP).

In November Kacific announced that India-based Tata Communications, operators of the world’s largest wholly owned subsea fibre backbone and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 240 countries and territories, had been chosen as the terrestrial connectivity service provider.

 

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Related:

  • Kacific-1 Satellite Arrives At SpaceX Launch Site In Cape Canaveral (Space Watch)
  • Kacific, with SpaceX launch imminent, borrows $160 million for satellite refinancing (Space News)
  • Kacific’s First Satellite Successfully Launches to Space! (Business Wire)

 

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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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