Indonesia, SpaceX launch satellite to boost internet connectivity

Indonesia and SpaceX have launched a telecommunication satellite aimed at improving internet connectivity in the country.

The project, worth $540 million, intends to connect remote areas of Indonesia to the internet.

While the majority of Indonesia's population already uses the internet, access is limited in underdeveloped eastern islands.

The satellite, named SATRIA-1, weighs 4.5 tonnes and was built by Thales Alenia Space.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket deployed the satellite into orbit from Florida and returned for a precision landing.

SATRIA-1 will occupy the orbital slot above Indonesia's eastern Papua region.

The satellite has a throughput capacity of 150 gigabytes per second.

It aims to provide internet access to 50,000 public service points across Indonesia.

The project is a collaboration between the Indonesian government and satellite service provider PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga.

The government expects satellite technology to accelerate internet access in areas that lack fiber optic connectivity over the next decade.

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