Skymuster 2 is done and on its way to power the NBN

NBN to get another boost

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The NBN’s second sattellite, affectionately known as SkyMuster2 is complete. The satellite is designed to deliver NBN internet services to hundreds of thousands of Australians living in remote areas of our massive country. It will also help share the load of existing satellite users currently connected to the Skymuster, which launched on October 1st, 2015.

On the weekend, it was packed securely into a sophisticated shipping container and loaded onto a plane, destined for Moffett Federal Airfield ahead of the launch on October 5th, 2016.

Once in orbit, Skymuster 2 will float at around 36,000km from earth and is one of the world’s largest communications satellites, weighing in at 6,400kgs.

 

Here’s a couple of shots of the antenna array, deployed during testing back in June this year.

 

According to the latest Weekly update from nbn, there are now 414,011 premesis that could get a connection to the NBN via satellite, while 47,181, actually have taken up that option and are active customers.

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