Thursday, August 10, 2006

Japan's JCSAT-10 Satellite Launched

The JCSAT-10 telecommunications satellite was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. JCSAT-10, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin for JSAT Corporation of Japan, is the fourth in a series of six A2100 satellites planned this year and the second of three satellites the company will deliver to JSAT. JCSAT-9 was launched earlier this year and JCSAT-11 is scheduled for launch in 2007.

JCSAT-10 is a high-power hybrid satellite consisting of 30 active Ku-band transponders and 12 active C- band transponders that will provide coverage to Japan, the Asia-Pacific region and Hawaii. JCSAT-10 will operate from 128 degrees east and is designed for a minimum service life of 15 years.

Lockheed Martin's A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band, high- power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band and S-band payloads.

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