Superbird-C2 (Superbird-7) at 144° East
|Operator:||SKY Perfect JSAT|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5ECA|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
Superbird-C2 was ordered as Superbird-7 by Japanese satellite communications services company Space Communications Corporation (SCC) with Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (MELCO). The 5,000kgs heavy satellite was the first commercial order of a Mitsubishi DS-2000 type satellite that featured 28 Ku-band transponders.
The satellite was ordered in April 2005 SCC, that was later merged and absorbed by satellite operator JSAT Corporation, when the satellite was renamed Superbird-C2 to replace Superbird-C to provide communications services to Japan, Eastern Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
Superbird-7 was launched in a dual launch with AMC-21 form satellite operator SES Americom (SES) on August 14th, 2008 on an Ariane 5 rocket booster operated by launch operator Arianespace from their Kourou Space Port launch complex in French Guyana.