TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

How Indonesia is losing strategic satellite orbital slot

  • Ridha Aditya Nugraha

    -

PREMIUM
Jakarta   /   Mon, February 3, 2020   /  12:45 pm
How Indonesia is losing strategic satellite orbital slot Failure to launch a replacement satellite means other countries on the orbital slot waiting list are free to step in afterward. (Shutterstock/-)

If by November of this year Indonesia fails to launch a new satellite, the country will lose its 123 Longitude East satellite orbital slot. Located in geostationary orbit, it remains positioned above the island of Sulawesi. Such strategic orbital slots are so limited that only a handful of countries can obtain them. The 123 Longitude East orbital slot is allocated for L-band satellites. Operating at 1-2 GHz frequency, L-band satellites are essential for mobile communication, telecommunication, navigation and surveillance. This type of high technology mobile satellite can trace small moving objects in all kinds of weather, making it vital for, among other things, defense purposes. The one controlling the satellite is able to keep an eye on the archipelago 24/7, all year round. The polemic regarding Indonesia’s satellite slot started when the Garuda-1 satellite was de-orbited a...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.