SSL has announced that the JCSAT-16 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The satellite, which is currently being prepared for launch, will function as an in-orbit back-up that will ensure stability for existing services and further strengthen the foundations of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s business.
“JCSAT-16 will be our second satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year,” said John Celli, President of SSL. “It has been an honour to work together with our Japanese colleagues to build this satellite that has the flexibility to meet the demand for a variety of missions, and we look forward to collaborating on the launch.”
JCSAT-16 is an 8.5-kW satellite designed to serve the Japanese market from multiple orbital locations. It is a multi-mission Ku- and Ka-band satellite, which will provide service for video distribution, data transfer communications, and fleet redundancy.
“When launched, JCSAT-16 will provide us with the flexibility to reinforce our growing fleet as needed, ensuring the highest level of reliability for our customers,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. “SSL has been an excellent partner in support of our fleet expansion and we are pleased to hear that the satellite has safely arrived at the launch base in Cape Canaveral, Florida.”
JCSAT-16 is based on the highly flexible SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. SSL is also building JCSAT-15, which is also scheduled to launch in 2016.