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June 22nd, 2015

Japan Selects SSL's 1300 Platform's High-Power + Flexibility To Be Incorporated In Their New B-SAT-4a

[SatNews]  Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide a broadcasting satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), which is a leading broadcasting satellite operator in Japan—the satellite will be used for DTH television services in Japan.

SSL artist's rendering of B-SAT-4a.

The satellite, BSAT-4a, will have 24-Ku-band transponders and will expand the availability of advanced television services such as HD and 4K/8K UHDTV. BSAT-4a is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides high-power and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

“The BSAT-4a satellite represents our fourth satellite contract award for the Japanese market in the last two years,” said John Celli, president of SSL.

B-SAT is a unique operator of broadcasting satellites in 12 GHz BSS band in Japan. The company was established in April of 1993 and is located in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, B-SAT has worked toward providing stable satellite operations and continuity of broadcasting services. B-SAT currently owns and manages three satellites, BSAT-3a, BSAT-3b and BSAT-3c, for BSS. The number of BSS Digital Broadcasting Receivers is now more than 140 million in Japan.

Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT said, “This satellite will enable us to continue providing high quality, reliable direct-to-home service throughout Japan.”