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ITU grants extension for Satria satellite launch

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 9 2021   /  01:00 am
Illustration of a satellite.(Shutterstock/Tatiana Shepeleva)

The Communications and Information Ministry has secured seven more months to place the nationally strategic Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia (Satria) on orbital slot 146°E, located above Papua. Minister Johnny G. Plate said the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) granted the deadline extension on April 1, which gives Indonesia until October 2023 to place a spacecraft within the slot. The initial deadline was March 2023. “This extension does not change the satellite launch and commercial operational date, which is still set for the fourth quarter of 2023,” he said in a press briefing on Tuesday. Johnny said the extension would save Indonesia US$9 million on a satellite floater, which is a ready-to-launch space object that would secure the slot until Satria is ready to launch. Previously, Indonesia requested the ITU give a 14-month deadline ex...