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Jakarta Post

How Indonesia is losing strategic satellite orbital slot

  • Ridha Aditya Nugraha

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 3 2020   /  01:42 am

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 after malfunc...