SSL selected to provide two satellites to SKY Perfect JSAT

PALO ALTO, CA, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide two communications satellites to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites.  The satellites, JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 will be used by SKY Perfect JSAT to meet the growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.

"We are very honored that SKY Perfect JSAT has entrusted SSL to build its next two satellites," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Our first satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT began construction last June and we believe there is no better endorsement of our success than repeat orders from a satisfied customer. We look forward to continuing to support SKY Perfect JSAT's business with our flexible satellite products for many years to come."

The two satellites are designed to be used for services such as video distribution, data transfer communications, and back-up service capabilities in Japan and neighboring regions. They both operate in Ku-band and provide switching for flexibility.

JCSAT-15 is a 10-kW satellite which will be located at 110 degrees East longitude where it replaces the N-SAT110 satellite currently on orbit. In addition to providing legacy service it will also provide expansion capability and it is designed with the flexibility to adjust its coverage of Japan and the Indian Ocean Region to serve the areas with the highest demand.

JCSAT-16 is an 8.5-kW satellite which is designed to be used at a broad range of orbital locations.  When launched it will ensure continuous service and it will be available as a back-up to the existing fleet.

"We are very pleased to select SSL to provide SKY Perfect JSAT with our next two satellites," said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT.  "SSL is a world leader in satellite manufacturing with a record of high quality, reliability and value and working together will help us meet the growing demand for satellite services in the region."

JCSAT-15 and 16 are both based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances.  Scheduled for launch in 2016, the satellites are designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.

About SKY Perfect JSAT

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia's largest satellite operator with a fleet of 16 satellites, and Japan's only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfecTV! platform, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3.7 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT's satellite communications services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Oceania, Russia, Middle East, Hawaii and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole. For more information, please visit www.sptvjsat.com and www.jsat.net.

About SSL

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world.  As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications.  Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day.  For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

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