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Malaysian RS satellite is off target: Report

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Malaysia’s Auditor-General reported that the RazakSAT, a Malaysian remote sensing satellite, is off-target. The satellite, worth MYR 142million (MYR: Malaysian Ringgit), was supposed to image Sungai Buloh and Subang but it deviated 37 km from its original target.

According to the report, the Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM) had made the corrections by Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB), RazakSAT’s developer. But, it was not visible in the review performed on December 31, 2010.

Last year, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili had said that the allocation under the 10th Malaysia Plan would allow the country to continue with the next phase of the programme called RazakSAT2.

Source: The Star