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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 


Satellites Introduction

The first artificial satellite to orbit Earth was Sputnik 1. Built by the Soviet Union and launched on October 4, 1957, Sputnik had an elliptical orbit, ranging in altitude from 225 to 950 km. Sputnik broadcasted a steady signal of beeps for 21 days and burned up in Earth's atmosphere upon reentry on January 4, 1958.       


26th September 2000 goes down as history for our nation as Malaysia's first satellite, TiungSAT-1 was launched in Baikanor, Kazakhstan at 6:05 pm Malaysian Time.        Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB) was responsible in developing this first programme. The micro satellite was released into its orbit and the communication between the earth's control system at the ATSB Earth Control Station which is situated at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) was made.


Malaysian agencies requiring satellite image currently rely upon image data and information provided by satellites that are manufactured and operated by foreign international companies. Due to the orbit in which such satellites are located, the images provided are neither timely enough nor does it cater to Malaysia's specific use and need. 


MEASAT – Brief Company Profile

The MEASAT group is a premium supplier of satellite services to leading broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across six (6) communication satellites, MEASAT provides services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

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