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Merah Putih satellite blasts into orbit

  • Kurniawan Hari
    Kurniawan Hari

    The Jakarta Post

Cape Canaveral, US | Wed, August 8, 2018 | 08:37 am
Merah Putih satellite blasts into orbit Merah Putih, once operational, is expected to replace the aging Telkom 1 satellite, which has been in operation since 1999. (Antara/Saptono)

PREMIUM It was a tense eight minutes for everyone involved. 

For those working at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), launching a satellite from Cape Canaveral in the United States is a tense and emotional occasion, given that 42 years ago the company sent its first telecommunication satellite, Palapa A1, into orbit from the same spot.

For space transportation firm Spa...