SSL SELECTED TO PROVIDE DIRECT BROADCASTING SATELLITE TO B-SAT
PALO ALTO, Calif. – June 18, 2015 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was 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 Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Japan.
“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. “We are honored to have B-SAT place its trust in our long heritage of innovation.”
The satellite, BSAT-4a, will have 24 Ku-band transponders and will expand the availability of advanced television services such as high definition and 4K/8K ultra-high definition television. 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.
“We are pleased to be partnering with SSL on BSAT-4a,” said Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT. “This satellite will enable us to continue providing high quality, reliable direct-to-home service throughout Japan.”
B-SAT is a unique operator of broadcasting satellites in 12GHz BSS band in Japan. The company was established in April 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 over 140 million in Japan.
Space Systems/Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL’s advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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