Nusantara Satu (Falcon 9)
21 February 2019
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

SpaceX launched Indonesia’s Nusantara Satu communications satellite along with two other payloads from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:45 p.m. on 21 February 2019. Falcon 9’s first stage for the Nusantara Satu mission previously supported the Iridium-7 mission in July 2018 and the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018. Following stage separation, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

From the SpaceX press release:

SSL built the Nusantara Satu satellite for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), a leading Asian provider of satellite-based telecommunication services. Nusantara Satu is Indonesia’s first high-throughput satellite that will serve to improve internet connectivity in the region. Additionally, the satellite’s C-band and Ku- band transponders will be used for voice and data communications and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In order to bring a secondary payload to orbit, SSL designed Nusantara Satu using its next-generation electric propulsion system. The launch demonstrates SSL’s ability to take small rideshare satellites to geostationary orbit efficiently and economically.

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