Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Japan's JCSAT-9 Successfully Launched

The JCSAT-9 telecommunications satellite was successfully launched aboard a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL launch vehicle from the Pacific Equator.

JCSAT-9, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin, features 20 Ku-band channels covering Japan and 20 C-band channels covering Japan, Southeast Asia and Hawaii. JCSAT-9 is also equipped with a mobile service communications subsystem. It is the second in a series of seven satellite launches planned this year for LMCSS and the first of three satellites Lockheed Martin will deliver to JSAT over the next two years. Based on Lockheed Martin's high-power A2100AX platform, JCSAT-9 will operate from 132 degrees east and is designed for a minimum service life of 12 years.

JSAT owns and operates nine satellites in eight orbital slots, covering North America, Hawaii, Asia and Oceania.

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