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-2â€™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, â€œThe launch of Jabiru-2 is a significant event in NewSatâ€™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.â€
In the past itâ€™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 NewSatâ€™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 Australiaâ€™s largest companies. Next up is Jabiru 1, due to lift off in 2015.
You can watch a replay of the launch here: