Thursday, 07 September 2017 02:33

Kacific selects SpaceX to launch satellite

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Broadband satellite operator Kacific has selected SpaceX to launch its Kacific-1 satellite which is being built by Boeing.

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket which the Singapore-headquartered Kacific says has been designed from the ground-up for maximum reliability and reusability.

In February this year Kacific — with its main operations in Vanuatu — placed an order with Boeing for the Kacific-1 satellite which the company says is designed to deliver high speed broadband via 56 narrow Ka-band beams, “with the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions”.

“SpaceX has a breadth of vision that appeals to us,” says Christian Patouraux, Kacific chief executive.

“The company is committed to changing the way people think about space and the possibilities it represents. Signing with SpaceX as our launch service provider is a major step towards delivering our own vision. We look forward to seeing Kacific-1 atop a Falcon 9 Rocket in 2019.”

“SpaceX is proud to partner with Kacific on the milestone launch of the company’s first satellite, Kacific-1,” said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX.

“We appreciate their confidence in our proven capabilities and look forward to delivering their satellite to orbit.”


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