MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Zenit-3SLB
carrier rocket launched from the Baikonur space center put
Malaysia's Measat-3a communications satellite into orbit on
Monday, a Federal Space Agency Roscosmos official said.
"The Russian carrier successfully put the foreign
satellite into transfer orbit. Control over the satellite has
been transferred to the client, who is responsible for putting
the apparatus into geostationary orbit," the official said.
Measat-3a carries 12 Ku-band and 12 C-band active
transponders along with three antennas, and has a service life
of 15 years.
The satellite will serve C-band markets throughout the
Asia Pacific region with a global beam, while Ku-band beams
will serve direct-to-home broadcasting markets in Malaysia and
The Zenit-3SLB is a modernized three-stage version of the
Zenit-3SL, which was previously used at Sea Launch's floating
platform in the Pacific Ocean.