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Jabiru 1 (MEASAT 3c)

Jabiru 1 [Lockheed Martin]

Australia’s satellite company NewSat announced in December 2011, that as the next stage in the Jabiru satellite project, it has entered into a contract with Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems for the construction of the Jabiru-1 satellite.

Jabiru-1 will incorporate an advanced Ka-band payload which will provide high-powered satellite coverage across growth regions over the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The large Jabiru-1 spacecraft will utilise Lockheed Martin’s proven A2100AXS spacecraft and is designed for an in-orbit life of 15 years. The Jabiru-1 satellite will feature 50 Ka-band high power TWTAs configured in a variety of spot beams, theater beams, and steered beams to provide flexible communication solutions for a range of diverse applications.

Jabiru-1 will provide greater than 7 GHz of Ka-band capacity and features significant options in allocating the capacity among a combination of high-powered beams. The agreement with Lockheed Martin gives considerable flexibility with respect to the capacity of the satellite, which can be adjusted to meet NewSat’s final requirements.

In addition, Jabiru-1 is carrying 18 Ku-band transponders and one transponder in S-band.

The construction of the Jabiru-1 satellite commenced immediately and wass scheduled for launch in 2015. Jabiru-1 will provide high-bandwidth communication services to government and enterprise markets including mining, oil, gas, media and carrier-grade telecommunications, across countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and India.

Ku- and S-band capacity is leased to the Malaysian operator MEASAT, which will use this capacity under the designation MEASAT 3c.

The contract was cancelled due to the bankruptcy of NewSat in May 2015, although the satellite was more than half completed.

Nation: Australia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: NewSat Corporation
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 50 Ka-band transponders, 18 Ku-band transponders, 1 S-band transponder
Configuration: A2100AXS
Propulsion: LEROS-1C
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 5900 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Jabiru 1 (MEASAT 3c) - cancelled Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with ?
Further Jabiru missions:
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