Background of RazakSAT

This satellite is Malaysia’s second remote sensing satellite after TiungSAT-1.
Originally called MACSAT, RazakSAT’s payload is mainly electro-optical, carrying a Medium-sized Aperture Camera (MAC) which is a pushbroom camera with five linear detectors (one panchromatic, four multi-spectral) weighing approximately 50 kg. The entire satellite weighs at about 180 kg. [2]
The then-Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad renamed the satellite to RazakSAT in tribute to the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdul Razak or known as the “Bapa Pembangunan Malaysia” (Father of Malaysian Development) for his contribution to Malaysia’s development. This was held officially during Mahathir’s working visit to Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. (ATSB) in 2003 at its premise in Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. It has since moved to its new premises at Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park, Shah Alam, Selangor. ATSB is a wholly-owned company of the Minister of Finance Inc. (MOF) and reports to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.[citation needed]

RazakSAT satellite is Malaysia’s second remote sensing satellite after TiungSAT-1.

Initially, its called MACSAT, RazakSAT’s payload is mainly electro-optical, carrying a Medium-sized Aperture Camera (MAC) which is a pushbroom camera with five linear detectors (one panchromatic, four multi-spectral); weighing approximately 50 kg while the whole satellite weighs at about 180 kg.

Then, our Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir renamed the satellite to RazakSAT in tribute to the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdul Razak or known as the “Bapa Pembangunan Malaysia” (Father of Malaysian Development) for his contribution to Malaysia’s development.

Welcome

RazakSAT is a Malaysian satellite carrying a high-resolution camera. It was launched into low Earth orbit by a Falcon 1 rocket on July 14, 2009. It was placed into an near-equatorial orbit that presents many imaging opportunities for the equatorial region.