Indonesia, SpaceX launch satellite to boost internet connectivity

Published on 19 Jun 2023 5:54:50 PM

Indonesia and Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX on Monday (June 19) launched the country's largest telecommunication satellite from the United States, in a US$540 million project intended to link up remote corners of the archipelago to the internet.

The 4.5-tonne Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia (SATRIA-1) was built by Thales Alenia Space and deployed into orbit from Florida by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which then returned to an offshore site in a precision landing.

The satellite has a throughput capacity of 150 gigabytes per second and will provide internet access to 50,000 public service points, the Indonesian government said.