Designed to serve the Japanese market from multiple orbital locations, this multi-mission, Ku- and Ka-band satellite has arrived safely for a rendezvous with a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Yes, you guessed it... this is the JCSAT-16 satellite, an 8.5-kW offering that will provide service for video distribution, data transfer communications, and fleet redundancy. The satellite was built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) and is now being prepared for launch.
Once on orbit, JCSAT-16 will function as a back-up to ensure stability for existing services and to further strengthen the foundations of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s business. JCSAT-16 is based on SSL's 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances—it also happens that SSL is also building JCSAT-15, on scheduled to also launch in 2016.
According to the President of SSL, John Celli, JCSAT-16 will be his company's second satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year and is a satellite that has the flexibility to meet the demand for a variety of missions.
Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT, commented that this satellite will provide his company with the flexibility to reinforce their growing fleet as needed and to ensure the highest level of reliability for their customers.