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Lockheed Martin's BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R Satellite Ready for Launch Aboard the Ariane 5-ECA Launch Vehicle

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July 05, 2011

Lockheed Martin's BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R Satellite Ready for Launch Aboard the Ariane 5-ECA Launch Vehicle

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Lockheed Martin (News - Alert), a global security company, claimed that on July 1, 2011 the BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R broadcasting and telecommunications satellite it built for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, will be launched aboard the Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle provided by Arianespace (News - Alert). This particular satellite is stated to be the 38th commercial communications satellite that was based over the A2100 platform.

According to Lockheed Martin, the BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R will serve as a hybrid broadcasting and telecommunications satellite – operating from an orbital position of 110 degrees east longitude. The spacecraft was designed to meet a required 15-year service life and is designed entirely with flight-proven components integrated into the highly reliable A2100 platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin. 

Previously Lockheed Martin had delivered the BSAT-3a and BSAT-3b satellites to B-SAT and the satellites JCSAT-9 through JCSAT-12 for SKY Perfect JSAT (News - Alert). The company is now building JCSAT-1 for SKY.

Lockheed Martin claimed that its A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs that consist of Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band payload configurations, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum, and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band and S-band payloads.

Officials with Lockheed Martin asserted that they were extremely pleased to collaborate with two valued customers on this program. Once BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R has been successfully launched and handed over for service, they are confident that both B-SAT and SKY Perfect JSAT will benefit tremendously from the enhanced capabilities that BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R will bring to their respective fleets.

According to Arianespace, the Ariane 5 mission with BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R will follow Arianespace’s VA202 heavy-lift launch that lofted the ST-2 and GSAT-8 satellites on May 19. The launch window for BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R opens at 5:43 p.m. ET and closes at 7:06 p.m. ET.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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