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Medium-sized Aperture Camera SATellite, also called Razaksat (named after Tun Abdul Razak Dato' Hussain, Malaysia's second Prime Minister)


Designation 35578 / 09037A
Launch date 14 Jul 2009
Country of origin Malaysia
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 685 km (Near Equatorial Orbit NEO)
Launch vehicle Falcon 1 #5

Was initially planned for launch in 2003. Joint program between Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia and SaTReCi of Korea.

Due to its orbital and coverage characteristics, Malaysia and other countires in Equatorial region can have large benefit from NEO satellite operation. Will fly over Malaysia a dozen times a day.
Four other satellites are planned.

Pointing system failed on 30 Aug 2010 making pictures unusable. In compensation, $208000 was refunded bu ATSB.

External resources


sat-index articles

Technical data


Prime contractor ATSB
Mass at launch 180 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension 120 x 120 cm, hexagonal
Solar array GaAS cells
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power EOL: 300 W
Design lifetime 3 years

TT&C in S-band (9.6 kbps uplink, 38.4 kbps downlink)
Data download in X-band at 30 Mbps

Resolution: 2.5 m (4 spectral bands in visible and near IR), Swath width: 20 km.
5 meters in the multi-spectral bands.

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