Liftoff! NewSat celebrates satellite launch


NewSat LaunchCelebrations were had at NewSat, a satellite communications company based at Mawson Lakes last week with the successful launch of the MEASAT-3b satellite, which hosts the Jabiru-2 payload.

NewSat delivers internet, voice, data and video communications using teleport infrastructure at Mawson Lakes and in Perth and this was its first and much-awaited satellite, Jabiru 2.

Jabiru-2’s 216MHz (6 x 36MHz) of Ku-band capacity will provide highly targeted coverage across Australia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands; satisfying the growing demand for reliable and cost-effective communications from the oil, gas, mining, media, aeronautical, maritime, telecommunications and government sectors.

NewSat Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Ballintine noted, “The launch of Jabiru-2 is a significant event in NewSat’s evolution, further evidence of NewSat maturing as a company and another milestone achieved as NewSat expands into a global satellite operator. The launch was simultaneously broadcast live globally, observed by NewSat staff, key partners and special guests. I would like to thank customers, staff and investors for their support of this initiative.”

In the past it’s been a middle-man in the communications market, hiring bandwidth from other satellites, adding value services to it and on-selling that bandwidth.

Owning a satellite has long been the dream of NewSat’s chief executive Adrian Ballantine, his chief technology officer, David Ball, and vice president satellite strategy, Mike Kenneally (brother of radio broadcaster John Kenneally).

The satellite will now undergo in-orbit testing and will be placed in operational service in approximately four weeks.

NewSat has come from virtually nowhere to being one of Australia’s largest companies. Next up is Jabiru 1, due to lift off in 2015.

You can watch a replay of the launch here:

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