Speaking of satellites, Indonesia is known as Palapa, a satellite launched on July 8, 1976 ago. However, soon Indonesia may be proud of itself. Because, Indonesia will soon have the largest satellite in Asia! This satellite is named Satria, which stands for Satellite Republic of Indonesia.
The plan, Satria will be built at the end of 2019 and will be launched in 2023. Get to know more about Satria, let’s go!
1. Results of collaboration between the Ministry of Communication and Information and Thales Alenia Space
Friday (3/5), the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology signed a cooperation agreement on the Multi Function Satellite project. The project, named Satria, stands for Satellite Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with the French satellite company, Thales Alenia Space.
2. This satellite is designed to meet internet needs
Indonesia has indeed fulfilled satellites, but only to meet cellular communication needs. While Satria itself is specifically designed to meet internet needs. In addition, Satria is planned to be intended to reach a wider area, especially the 3T (frontier, outermost and left behind) and border areas.
3. Satria will reach 150 thousand points throughout Indonesia
We all know Indonesia is a very broad country. It is estimated that Indonesia’s land area reaches 1,919,000 km². So, a satellite is needed that can cover the geographical conditions of our country. The plan, there are 150 thousand service points that will be reached by Satria.
In detail, this point includes 54,400 points in Sumatra, 19,400 points in Java, 19,300 points in Kalimantan, 13,500 points in Bali and Nusa Tenggara, 23,900 points in Sulawesi and 18,500 points in Papua and Maluku. Meanwhile, for its purposes, 93,400 points were intended for schools, 47,900 regional office points, 3,700 health service points and 3,900 for political, legal and security sectors (polhukam).
4. The plan will be operated in 2023
The Satria Project is planned to begin at the end of 2019 and will be completed in 2022. The duration of 3.5 years is the time needed to design this project and will be officially launched in 2023. For your information, Satria will be in orbit 146 BT and operate using Very High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology with a capacity of 150 Gbps.
5. How much funding is needed for this project?
How much is the funds disbursed by the government for the Satria project? The Minister of Communication and Information, Rudiantara, revealed that the total funds disbursed were IDR 21.4 trillion.
This fund is used to design, operate and maintain for 15 years. This number is indeed quite large, but it is comparable to the results, how come!
6. Aimed at development outside Java
With a capacity of 150 GB, Satria is specifically intended for 10,000 schools outside Java. This is based on encouraging non-Javanese centric growth and development, so that there is even distribution in all regions of Indonesia. There are 93,900 points in Indonesia that are not covered by fiber optic cables such as Kalimantan and Papua so that the presence of new satellites is needed.
7. Manufacture of warriors is based on factors of cost efficiency and broad coverage
Despite having other satellites such as Palapa D, Lapan A3 and Indostar II, Satria satellite remains urgent to launch. The consideration is because of the factors of cost efficiency and broad coverage. Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) The Ministry of Communication and Information revealed that conventional satellites were rented at a cost of Rp. 18 million for each Mbps.
Meanwhile, with Satria having Ku-band satellites, the budget has dropped to IDR 6 million for each Mbps. In addition, Satria has a wider range of satellites currently available. It is estimated that Satria will reach up to 150,000 points!
Well, that’s a unique trivia around Satria, a new Indonesian satellite candidate. Are you ready to welcome his presence in 4 years?