Indonesia’s space race struggles to reach orbit

By Nadine Freischlad in BFO #259, 08 Apr, 21

Covid-19 is delaying the launch of Indonesia’s Satria satellite, a US$550 million project. Once in orbit, Satria will be the country’s biggest satellite with a throughput capacity of 150 gbps.

Putting the satellite into space is crucial to Indonesia’s connectivity inclusion plans. It’s meant to provide internet to 150,000 public facilities, including schools, regional government offices, and health facilities.

The original launch date was March 2023, but production delays forced the Indonesian government to ask the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for an extension.