We have lift off! nbn™ Sky Muster™ II launches into space
World-leading satellite technology set to help deliver revolutionary fast broadband to those who need it the most.
nbn has today successfully launched its second broadband satellite, Sky Muster™ II, into orbit.
Blasting 36,000km into space from French Guiana Space Centre in South America, the nbn™ Sky Muster™ II Satellite will help provide additional data capacity to around 400,000 Australian homes and businesses.
Over the coming months, the Sky Muster™ II Satellite will undergo final technical testing and will soon provide additional data capacity to nbn’s first satellite, Sky Muster™ I, which is currently delivering world-leading satellite broadband service.
Bill Morrow, nbn’s CEO said:
“Today’s successful launch of Sky Muster™ II completes the final chapter in delivering our satellite service which is already revolutionising the face of regional and rural Australia.
“Our satellites will ensure that no Australian gets left behind by providing access to fast broadband for those who need it the most.
"We’ve already seen how the service can improve healthcare outcomes by connecting remote patients to city specialists, deliver access to a new world of educational opportunities for kids in the bush and increase productivity for farmers by helping them run more efficient businesses.”
To ensure that Australians everywhere could participate in this momentous occasion, nbn has also today launched its very first space themed Snapchat lens that allows users to place themselves in a spacesuit, inside a rocket before counting down and blasting into space.
The nbn lens is available now until 11.59pm on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Head to Snapchat to blast your face into space!
The launch of Sky Muster™ II brings nbn closer to its goal of connecting 8 million homes and businesses to fast broadband by 2020.
Check out our Sky Muster™ home page for more information on the nbn™ Sky Muster™ Satellite service, and to see how access to fast broadband is changing the lives of rural and remote Australians and their families.
Last updated on 7 October 2016