June 19, 2023 – The SATRIA communications satellite was successfully launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from Cape Canaveral in Florida. SATRIA (SAteliT Republik IndonesiA) is a satellite designed to bridge the digital divide in Indonesia. Offering throughput of 150 Gbps, it will deliver high-speed Internet to the thousands of islands in the Indonesian archipelago, providing connectivity across thousands of zones for schools, hospitals, and public buildings, as well as regional government facilities not already connected by existing terrestrial or satellite systems. Thales Alenia Space was chosen to build the satellite by the Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) consortium on behalf of the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Kominfo). This very-high-throughput satellite (VHTS) is based on Thales Alenia Space’s all-electric Spacebus NEO platform and features a fifth-generation digital processor. The company also supplied two satellite control centers — main and backup — and the mission ground segment for the all-digital payload. SATRIA will be the first VHTS communications satellite in Indonesia, and also the most powerful in the South-East Asia region. With a launch mass of 4.6 tons, it will operate in Ka band and be positioned in orbit at 146° E for a design life of 15 years.