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JCSAT-9 Launches From Boeings Platform At Sea

File photo of a Zenit-3SL rocket launch from the Sea Launch Platform
by Phil Berardelli
SpaceDaily US Editor
Long Beach CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2006
Lockheed Martin's JCSAT-9 telecom satellite, designed and built for JSAT Corp. of Japan, lifted off as scheduled Wednesday afternoon aboard a Sea Launch managed Zenit-3SL rocket, which launched from the Sea Launch Odyssey semi-submersible platform, located at an equatorial site at 154 degrees West longitude.

The rocket carrying the satellite lifted off on schedule at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Boeing's Sea Launch unit provided a Webcast of the event. The satellite's acquisition of signal was received at 6:16 p.m. Pacific Time from the Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems tracking station in Uralla, Australia.

JCSAT-9 is the second in a series of seven satellite launches planned this year by LMCSS, and the first of three satellites the company is contracted to deliver to JSAT over the next two years.

The 4,400 kilogram (9,700 pound) spacecraft will provide communications services throughout Asia. JCSAT-9 is a hybrid satellite featuring 20 Ku-band channels, 20 C-band channels, as well as S-band mobile telecom service channels. It will operate from 132 degrees East longitude and is designed for a minimum service life of 12 years.

JCSAT-9 is the 28th in Lockheed Martin's A2100 spacecraft series. Based on the A2100AX platform, the spacecraft is designed for a minimum service life of 12 years.

"Lockheed Martin is deeply honored that JSAT has entrusted us with the opportunity to provide Mission Success for JCSAT-9," said Ted Gavrilis, president of LMCSS. "In addition to providing coverage for domestic and mobile communications customer bases, JCSAT-9 will cover an extensive area ranging from Hawaii and Oceania to countries across Southeast Asia."

The A2100 is a modular and scaleable design intended to serve a wide range of communication payloads. The modularity enables the A2100 to support other missions than telecom satellites. For example, LMCSS said in a statement, the design is currently being adapted for medium-Earth-orbit navigation missions and geostationary Earth orbit observing missions.

JSAT Corp. is a leading satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region, with nine satellites in eight orbital slots covering North America, Hawai`i, Asia and Oceania. JSAT provides digital CS broadcasting, satellite TV broadcasting, video and data broadcasting services for corporate and inter-company networks, and for international telecom services.

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Arianespace said Monday it has been chosen by electronics giant Mitsubishi to launch the SUPERBIRD-7 telecom satellite for Japanese operator Space Communications Corporation. SUPERBIRD-7 is the first commercial telecom satellite to be built in Japan, as Mitsubishi attempts to challenge U.S. and European primacy in the market.

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