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.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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