Jabiru-1, which would be the first locally owned communications satellite of Australia, will be launched by Arianespace. Satellite communications carrier NewSat signed the updated launch agreement with Arianespace on March 14. At the Satellite 2012 Forum, the CEO of Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall, commended the independent satellite service firm for its advanced telecommunication networks and state-of-the-art satellite communications service while expressing his enthusiasm for the partnership.
The Jabiru-1 launch contract finalized the old launch reservation agreement signed on Dec 8 last year. Arianespace and NewSat expects the Jabiru-1 Ka band satellite to be ready for deployment in the 4th quarter of 2014. The satellite be sent off from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana , just at the top of South America.
The multi-beam Ka-band communications satellite is being manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It can carry 50 Ka-band transponders, providing satellite broadband coverage to various continents. Jabiru promises to provide telecommunications providers and ISPs high-frequency capacity to meet the growing demand from the government, private and household sectors. Once operational, Jabiru-1 will provide satellite communications service across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.