Mabuhay Satellite Corporation

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Mabuhay Satellite Corporation
Private
Industry Aerospace
Fate renamed and shifted to a different industry
Successor Mabuhay Investment Corporation (2012)
Founded November 10, 1994 (1994-11-10)
Defunct January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13)
Headquarters Subic, Zambales, Philippines
Key people
Gabriel Z. Pimentel: President, CEO
Services Satellite operation and maintenance
Parent PLDT
(1994-2009)
Asia Broadcast Satellite
(2009-2012)
Website mabuhaysat.com

Mabuhay Satellite Corporation (MSC) was a Filipino aerospace corporation responsible for operating communication satellites and before 2009, the only Philippine company to do so. It was later renamed as Mabuhay Investment Corporation (MIC) and became a holding company owned by PLDT.[1] It once owned the Agila 2 satellite which provides the most powerful coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. Aside from satellite operation, it also provided satellite-related services. It operated two space centers, namely the Mabuhaysat Subic Space Center, its main hub, and the Mabuhaysat Zamboanga Space Center at Zamboanga City, its back-up hub.[2]

History[edit]

Founded on 10 November 1994 bearing the name Mabuhay Philippine Satellite Corporation (MPSC), the company was established primarily to build, own, operate and maintain an international satellite facility and other forms of telecommunications equipment that are capable of providing telecommunications and broadcasting on a domestic and international level.[3] It was formed by a former member of the Philippine Agila Satellite Inc. (PASI) another consortium and later competitor of the MPSC, PLDT which was the largest member of PASI.[4]

The majority of the board of directors agreed, at a meeting held on April 10, 2003, to eliminate the word "Philippines" from the company's name, as the company was set to be the ideal satellite operator internationally, not only within the Philippines.[5]

On November 6, 2009, MSC's communication satellite operation business was sold to Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) after they signed an agreement.[6]

On January 13, 2012 after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the amendment on its articles of incorporation, Mabuhay Satellite Corporation was renamed Mabuhay Investment Corporation. [7]

Satellites[edit]

Agila 1[edit]

Main article: Agila 1

Agila 2[edit]

Main article: Agila 2
Agila 2, once owned by MSC

Launched in 1999, the Agila 2 provides the most powerful coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. Its control station is located at the MPSC Space Center in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The spacecraft was launched by the Long March 3B in its first successful flight and currently orbits at 146°E longitude.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emmie V. Abadilla (January 30, 2010). "Firm investing $800 M to build 5 satellites". Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. 
  2. ^ "Facilities". Mabuhay Satellite Corporation. 
  3. ^ "PLDT forms satellite firm". The Manila Standard. November 4, 1994. 
  4. ^ MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey; Waterman, David (26 November 2013). "Communication Satellite Policies in Asia". Telephony, the Internet, and the Media: Selected Papers From the 1997 Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. Routledge. pp. 239–242. ISBN 1136684263. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "MABUHAY History in Briefs". Mabuhay Satellite Corporation. 
  6. ^ "ABS acquirres Mabuhay". www.absatellite.net. July 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "PLDT Financial Information" (PDF) (Press release). 8 May 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Jonathan's Space Report No. 331