SSL-built JCSAT-14 will replace and expand on coverage of end-of-life
satellite in Japanese operator's 16 satellite fleet
PALO ALTO, CA, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a communications
satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in
Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will
replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its
capacity to meet the growing demand for telecommunications
infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.
"We are very honored to become a supplier for SKY Perfect JSAT and hope
this is the beginning of a long and successful relationship for both of
our companies," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Our companies
share a commitment to the highest quality and reliability and we look
forward to working together closely on the JCSAT-14 program."
The satellite, which provides approximately 10-kW of power at end of
life, has 26 C-band transponders and 18-Ku-band transponders for
service in Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands. The C-band
coverage will be used for both broadcast and data networks and the
satellite's Ku-band regional beams will provide high-speed connectivity
for maritime, aviation and resource exploration use.
"We are very pleased to select SSL to provide SKY Perfect JSAT with our
next satellite," said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President
& CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. "SSL is a world leader in satellite
manufacturing and has the ability to meet our rigorous schedule
requirements for this important satellite."
JCSAT-14 is 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 2015, the satellite is
designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.
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.ssloral.com.
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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 3.8 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.
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