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.
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.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing
operational solutions to commercial and government organizations
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.
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employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States,
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