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Sky Perfect JSAT Orders Software-Defined JSAT-31 from Thales 

By Rachel Jewett | May 28, 2024

A rendering of JSAT-31. Photo: Thales Alenia Space

Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT ordered a software-defined satellite from Thales Alenia Space, JSAT-31. Based on the Space INSPIRE platform, JSAT-31 will have the largest capacity in the history of SKY Perfect JSAT satellites. It is expected to launch in 2027.

This is JSAT’s first order with Thales. The satellite will operate in both Ka and Ku frequency bands and offer high speed broadband services over Japan, South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands. As a software-defined satellite, it will allow for in-orbit capacity adjustments to adapt to changing broadband connectivity demands. 

JSAT is changing up the naming convention with this satellite, calling it JSAT instead of JCSAT or Superbird. 

SKY Perfect JSAT President and CEO Eiichi Yonekura said the new satellite will contribute to next-generation satellite services that provide high speeds, high capacity, high reliability, user-friendliness, and competitive pricing. 

“Amidst significant market shifts, including the entry of new players, JSAT-31 will enable us to meet advanced customer needs and cater to the demands of growing markets, particularly in the expanding global and mobile sectors,” Yonekura commented.