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Mu Space leases SES orbital slot over SE Asia


Mu Space has secured a 15-year lease to access the 50.5 degrees East orbital slot from SES, paving the way for the company to fulfil its ambition of launching its own satellite over the region.


The orbital slot, currently controlled by SES subsidiary New Skies Satellites, will enable Mu Space to deliver services over Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand using its own satellite.


The initial 15-year lease also comes with an option for a 15-year renewal. While the company has yet to reveal details of its own satellite, Mu Space’s mission statement includes a goal to launch its own “high throughput and low latency geosynchronous earth orbit satellite” by 2021.


 It has also signed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin venture as its launch partner. In securing use of the orbital slot from SES, Mu Space enhances its “existing capacity for long term business,” Mu Space CEO James Yenbamroong told the Bangkok Post.


According to Yenbamroong, a former unmanned vehicle systems project leader at Northrop Grumman, Mu Space is now moving ahead in negotiations with local satellite operators in its neighbouring countries to support its satellite. Founded in August 2017, Mu Space has stormed the Thai space sector with a business model that includes satellite connectivity as well as space tourism.


 The company became the first Thai startup to obtain a satellite services licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission last December. In March, the company signed a deal with SES and Hughes to deliver satellite-based broadband services to rural Thailand using the capacity on SES-8 and SES-12. It also offers satellite services to the maritime and aviation industries. Tony Chan, Commsday

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