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Merah Putih-2 telecommunications satellite successfully launched

Merah Putih-2 telecommunications satellite successfully launched

Set to provide more capacity over the Indonesian archipelago

Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 21, 2024 – Merah Putih-2 telecommunications satellite, formerly named Telkomsat HTS 113BT, was successfully launched atop a SpaceX Falcon9 vehicle from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Designed to strengthen connectivity infrastructure throughout Indonesia, Merah Putih-2 aims to enhance digital businesses by offering superior quality of service to the Indonesian society. Based on Thales Alenia Space’s historical Spacebus 4000B2 platform, Merah Putih-2, named after Indonesia’s flag colors, will contribute to bridging the digital divide across the archipelago by providing a capacity exceeding 32 gigabit per second.

The contract to build the High Throughput Satellite was signed in 2021 between Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and the leading satellite service provider in Indonesia, PT Telkom Satelit Indonesia (Telkomsat) as subsidiary of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom) a state-owned digital telecommunication company.

Thales Alenia Space spearheaded the program as the prime contractor, overseeing the satellite’s design, construction, testing, and on-ground delivery. In addition, the company furnished the ground control segment and conducted comprehensive theoretical and hands-on training sessions for Telkomsat engineers, held in both France and Indonesia, aimed at preparing them for the satellite operations. Thales Alenia Space is also in charge of the early orbital positioning phase (LEOP), in-orbit tests (IOT) and will provide in-orbit support all along the satellite lifetime.

With a launch mass of 4 tons, Merah Putih-2 will operate in C-band/Ku-Band and be positioned in orbit at 113° East for a design life of 15 years.

“It is a source of pride to witness the successful launch of Merah Putih-2, a mission that will provide better quality of telecommunications services in Indonesia.” said Marc-Henri Serre, Thales Alenia Space Executive Vice President, Telecommunications. “This program was developed through our productive collaboration with Indonesian stakeholders, following the construction of Palapa-D, Telkom-3S, Telkom 3 payload, and SATRIA satellites, all of which are instrumental in bridging Indonesia’s digital divide”.


Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost- effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.2 billion euros in 2022 and has around 8,500 employees in 17 sites in 10 countries across Europe and a plant in the USA.

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