Optus 10, Jabiru-2 launch

Optus' Optus 10 satellite and the MEASAT-3b satellite which hosts NewSat's Jabiru-2 payload have successfully launched.

The launch took place at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana and has a projected lifespan of more than 15 years

"This represents the next advance into space by Australians and is an exciting milestone for Optus," Optus Wholesale and Satellite managing director, Rob Parcell, said in a statement.

"Jabiru-2's superior capacity will enable NewSat to transition many existing services delivered via third-party suppliers across to Jabiru-2," NewSat CTO David Ball said.

Jabiru-2 will deliver Ku-band capacity of 6x36MHz across Australia, PNG, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.

Optus announced Optus 10 three years ago. Optus 10 was built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), which is also building two Ka-band satellites to deliver NBN Co's Long-Term Satellite Service (LTSS).

The launch was originally scheduled for May

In late April Optus said that teams from SSL and the telco teams had completed the final pre-shipment review and that the satellite was being transported to the Guiana Space Centre.

In early August NewSat announced its Jabiru-2 satellite had been delayed "due to an issue with the co-passenger satellite" — Optus 10 — which would undergo "additional testing".

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