IPSTAR* broadband satellite

11 August 2005

Today at 5:20 a.m. local time in Kourou, French Guiana (or 3:20 p.m. in Bangkok,) Arianespace‘s Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) satellite into space. The satellite is owned by Shin Satellite Public Company Limited, the sole satellite operator in Thailand. IPSTAR is the forth satellite from Thailand in geostationary orbit, following THAICOM 1 in 1993, THAICOM 2 in 1994 and THAICOM 3 in 1997. It was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) in Palo Alto, California and set a world’s record of the heaviest communications satellite ever built and launched with the weight of 6,485 kilograms. The satellite, with data transfer rate of 40 GB per second — 20 times as much as other ordinary satellites, will provide broadband Internet access and multimedia services to 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

We will have to wait and see if IPSTAR could deliver the services as promised, well, with a reasonable price. I doubt…