Kacific1 was launched successfully into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7.10pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) on 16 December 2019 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA, the company said .
It was placed into its target geostationary transfer orbit 33 minutes following initial ignition.
Owned by Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), the Boeing-built communications satellite will stream high-speed broadband to 25 nations in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands via 56 high-throughput beams.
Kacific1 will cover Indonesia, The Philippines, Timor-Leste and South Asia with 28 spot beams, while the Pacific Islands and New Zealand will be covered with a further 28 beams.
Following a sequence of in-orbit manoeuvres and tests that are expected to take approximately six weeks, Kacific1 is scheduled to begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2020.
Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is a satellite operator providing high-speed broadband for remote and rural markets. Kacific broadband fosters greater Internet usage and fuels economic growth and improvements in service delivery across covered regions. Its high-power satellites use the latest multi-beam space communications and ground technology. Kacific´s first satellite, Kacific1, focuses on the Pacific and South East Asia. Kacific´s headquarters are in Singapore with operations out of Vanuatu. For more information, visit www.kacific.com