A SECOND broadband satellite, Sky Muster II, has been launched into orbit, promising fast broadband for about 400,000 homes and business via the nbn network.

Blasting 36,000kms into space from French Guiana Space Centre in South America, the satellite was launched at 7.30am AEDT on Thursday.

Over the coming months it will undergo final technical testing before providing additional data capacity to nbn's first satellite Sky Muster™ I.

Nbn's chief executive officer, Bill Morrow described the service as 'world-leading satellite broadband'.

 "This service is already helping to improve healthcare outcomes by connecting remote patients to city specialists, delivering access to a new world of educational opportunities for kids in the bush and increasing productivity for local small businesses.

 nbn ran a competition offering the chance for Australians to have their face featured on a mosaic-style artwork placed on the nose cone of the rocket, which launched Sky Muster II into space.

Sally Coady, from Canowindra in New South Wales was one of the lucky winners. Her mind was sent into an intergalactic spin as she watched her selfie blast into orbit after the rocket's successful lift-off.

"Watching the launch was an extremely exciting moment as I believe the satellite will open up so many possibilities for country families like us.

"Knowing that we will soon have our nbn Sky Muster service up and running gives me peace of mind as it will allow my children to access online educational resources from home, which will help them to stay competitive with kids in the city," she said.

 



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