SpaceX Awarded Japanese Comsat Launch Contract

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Falcon 9 lifts off with the Thaicom-6 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)

Falcon 9 lifts off with the Thaicom-6 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) was awarded a contract with SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation of Japan to launch the JCSAT-14 communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2015.

“SpaceX looks forward to working with SKY Perfect JSAT on this mission,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO. “As Asia’s largest satellite operator, we appreciate JSAT’s confidence in our ability to reliably deliver their satellite to orbit.”

JCSAT-14 is a Space Systems/Loral (SSL) telecommunications satellite that will succeed and replace JCSAT-2A, providing coverage to Asia, Russia, Oceania and the Pacific Islands. With 26 optimized C-band transponders and 18 Ku-Band transponders, the satellite will extend JCSAT-2A’s geographical footprint and address fast-growing mobility markets across the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • windbourne

    And it continues. Wait until FH succeeds. Then Russia and ariane space will lose about half or more.

  • Dennis

    This was to be expected… with the first two geosync launches now flawlessly in the pocket I bet we can expect to see a lot more where this message came from!

  • Stuart

    SpaceX …. onwards and upwards!

  • therealdmt

    I was wondering when the next customer would sign up. There might be a rush coming, as delaying will only get one buried further back on the launch manifest list (especially considering SpaceX has a bit of a history now of coming in behind schedule).