Indonesia’s planned new communications satellite Nusantara Dua (Palapa N1) failed to glide into its orbital slot on 9 April 2020, IndoTelko reports, in what is being dubbed a dark day in the history of satellite launches in the country. Palapa N1, which was put together by satellite communication provider Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) working in partnership with Indonesian telcos Indosat Ooredoo and Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera (PNS), was set to replace Indosat’s Palapa-D satellite in 113 East Longitude at a cost of around USD220 million, when the latter is retired in June 2020, but failed in the third stage of deployment and according to reports ‘the cargo alias Nusantara Dua also fell into the sea so it could not be saved’.
Built by China Great Wall Industry Corporation, the new orbiter was set to provide broadband internet access and high-quality broadcasting services, PSN confirmed. ‘We hope Nusantara Dua will further strengthen the position of the PSN business group as a major and leading player in the Indonesian satellite industry,’ PSN president Adi Rahman said earlier this month. The three companies set up a joint venture, Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), to operate Nusantara Dua (Palapa N1) which was to form part of a long-term solution to replace the aging Palapa-D satellite and have a capacity of 20×36MHz C-band FSS transponders and 9.5Gbps high throughput satellite (HTS).