The Malaysian satellite Measat-3 will be de-orbited, the device will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere after a mysterious “anomaly” that the satellite systems collided with. The device, which had been running for 15 years, ran into an unknown issue on June 21, resulting in a shutdown of its customers. It was handed over to ground control on June 24, but the satellite was never launched.
On August 6, Measat company announced that it decided to continue the deorbital operation as the satellite is not working and the investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing. Measat and satellite manufacturer Boeing are participating in it.
“Further tests and measures to restore it have shown that the satellite cannot return to service. The satellite will be de-orbited in the coming weeks, ”says an updated message from Measat. The company has not yet announced the exact timing of when it plans to burn the Measat-3.
Measat-3 was launched on December 11, 2006 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the same launch center from where the Soyuz spacecraft periodically send crews to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft served more than 100 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Satellite TV operator Astro was among the affected customers.
Most of the clients were transferred to backup satellites by mid-July. “The satellite cannot be returned from this stage of the accident,” sources in the company said.