Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT has selected Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to provide two new communications satellites. The two satellites, dubbed JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16, will be used to meet increasing demand for telecommunications infrastructure and services including video distribution, data transfer communications and back-up service capabilities in the Asia Pacific region.
The two satellites are being built on the SSL 1300 satellite platform and are designed to deliver service for a minimum of 15 years, operating in Ku band and providing switching for flexibility. They are scheduled to launch in 2016. The first satellite that SSL built for Sky Perfect JSAT began construction in June, 2013. Sky Perfect JSAT currently operates a fleet of 16 satellites.
“We are very honoured that Sky Perfect JSAT has entrusted SSL to build its next two satellites,” says 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.”
JCSAT-15 is a 10kW satellite that will replace the N-SAT110 satellite currently in orbit. It will be located at 110 degrees East. In addition to providing legacy service it will also provide expansion capability and 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 8.5kW satellite designed to be used at a broad range of orbital locations. When launched, it will ensure continuous service and be available as a back-up to the existing fleet.