The first two Palapas each had 12 transponders and were supported by 40 earth stations; they were identical to the Anik and Westar satellites built (also by Boeing Satellite Systems) for the first domestic systems in Canada and the United States. The current system has three satellites, each with 24 transponders, and thousands of earth stations. Palapa B2, launched from the space shuttle, failed to reach its correct orbit but was salvaged by a later shuttle mission.
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