PALO ALTO, CA, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today 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 honor 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.
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 3.4 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.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL's advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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