JAPANESE N-SAT-110 LAUNCHED
The N-SAT-110 telecommunications satellite, designed and built for Space Communications Corporation (SCC) and JSAT Corporation of Tokyo, Japan by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, was launched successfully from Kourou, French Guiana.
Lift-off occurred at 16:01 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on October 6 aboard an Ariane 4 launch vehicle provided by Arianespace of France. Initial contact with the satellite was confirmed at 17:04 PDT from the Lockheed Martin satellite tracking station in Uralla, Australia. N-SAT-110 is a commercial telecommunications satellite.
Commercial Space Systems will provide the Lockheed Martin Series A2100AX satellite and ground station facilities, along with operational support for the first six months of the satellite’s operations.
The satellite carries 24 Ku-band transponders for various telecommunication applications, including direct TV broadcasting and will operate at 110 degrees East longitude covering Japan and nearby regions.
“We look forward to successful in-orbit delivery and hope this satellite will provide broadcasting and telecommunication service of high quality to our customers in the near future,” said Teruhiko Ena, president of Space Communications Corporation.
The A2100 family of satellites was developed by Lockheed Martin to provide low-cost satellite systems to the commercial telecom industry.