Thailand’s mu Space selects Blue Origin to launch new geostationary satellite


Thai start-up mu Space has entered an agreement with US-based spaceflight service provider Blue Origin to launch its new geostationary satellite into orbit.

As part of the arrangement, Blue Origin will use its New Glenn orbital rocket to launch the satellite.

Expected to be launched by 2021, the satellite aims to expand mu Space’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Last September, Blue Origin, which seeks to serve Asia-Pacific’s growing demand for broadband, mobile, broadcasting and smart city services using space-based solutions, revealed its plan to build the New Glenn rocket.

“We want to deliver equitable access to communication services for all and improve quality of life on Earth.”

Blue Origin’s reusable New Glenn orbital launch vehicle will be designed to carry people and payloads to low-Earth orbit destinations and beyond.

The reusable rocket will be able to provide lower cost access to space for Blue Origin’s customers.

mu Space CEO James Yenbamroong said: “mu Space also shares Blue Origin’s vision of developing space technologies that will accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies.

“We want to deliver equitable access to communication services for all and improve quality of life on Earth.”

Established last month by a group of tech entrepreneurs and professionals, mu Space aims to become the first company to offer space tourism in Asia.

The company currently provides satellite-based broadband, mobile and broadcasting solutions for telecommunication and other businesses in Thailand.


Image: Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket. Photo: courtesy of Blue Origin.