NBN delays Sky Muster II satellite launch

NBN delays Sky Muster II satellite launch

Bad weather conditions hamper launch.

NBN’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, was to blast into space this morning, from the French Guiana Space Centre in South America before orbiting 36,000km into the sky.

However, this launch was halted, with nbn issuing a statement that it will be delayed as a result of poor weather conditions.

“The launch was delayed due to weather conditions, in particular the high altitude wind direction,” the statement read.

The launch of the satellite is said to be re-scheduled to take place in the next 48 hours.

“We will be back in contact with more information when the launch for Sky Muster is confirmed,” nbn said.

Upon launch, Sky Muster II will be one of the largest communications satellites, weighing 6400kgs and aims to provide additional data capacity to help support nbn's satellite broadband service.

This will provide coverage for about 400,000 homes and business in regional and remote Australia.

“We are already seeing how access to fast broadband for small businesses and farms in the most remote outback and offshore locations can improve productivity by better enabling the ability to store files in the cloud and avoid lengthy business trips by communicating with customers and suppliers through more reliable video conferencing,” nbn satellite architect, Julia Dickinson, said in a previous report.

"This is an enormous project and we are doing our best to deliver the nbn Sky Muster service as fast as we can, but reaching all corners of the country will take some time."

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