Satnews Daily
February 21st, 2017

Boeing Builds for SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific Broadband Satellites (Going the Condo Route)

The largest satellite operator in Asia happens to be SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation with a fleet of 18 satellites and is Japan's only provider of multi-channel payTV broadcasting and SATCOM services.

Artistic rendition of a Boeing 702 satellite platform on orbit. Image is courtesy of Boeing.

Now the company and Kacific Broadband Satellites have procured JCSAT-18, a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) based on the Boeing 702 platform. The satellite will address a variety of increasing demands in the mobility and broadband market for SKY Perfect JSAT and a Kacific-1 high-speed Ka-band satellite payload for broadband Internet services to a number of countries in Southeast Asia.

To be built by Boeing, JCSAT-18 will carry a Ku and Ka-band HTS mission over Asia Pacific including Far East Russia as well as a traditional wide-beam mission over East Asia, in response to not only mobility and broadband demands but also government and cellular backhaul demands. The satellite is a condominium satellite shared with Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte. Ltd (Kacific), a Singapore-based satellite operator, that will operate Ka-band HTS satellite broadband services under the satellite name Kacific-1.

“This satellite will be a significant addition to Horizons 3e, another HTS satellite under construction.” Shinji Takada, President & CEO of SJC stated. “With this JCSAT-18, we are excited to continue serving our valued customers in various sectors by thriving in the region where market dynamics are changing rapidly.”

JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 is scheduled to launch in 2019. Since the 1980s, Boeing has built 10 satellites for the JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation, both now part of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.