Satellite footprints

JCSAT-16 at 162° East

Position:162° East
Manufacturer:Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Operator:SKY Perfect JSAT
Launch operator:SpaceX
Launch vehicle:Falcon 9
Launch date:08/14/2016
Expected lifetime:15+ Years

In April 2014 satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT from Japan ordered the JCSAT-16 communication satellite with Space Systems/Loral. The satellite will carry Ku- and Ka-band transponders to be employed as an in-orbit spare ready to provide service in the event of a problem with the company’s fleet, and to capture business expansion opportunities.

JCSAT-16 is based on the highly reliable SSL-1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite was designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.

Although planned as an on-orbit spare, it will be placed at 162° East position as a substitute for the Ku- and Ka-band capacity of the damaged and delayed DSN 1/Superbird 8 satellite.

The satellite was launched on August 14th, 2016 on a Falcon 9 rocket booster operated by launch operator SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.



JCSAT-16 at 162° East

JCSAT-16 built by SSL
JCSAT-16 under test
SpaceX Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida
JCSAT-16 launch