Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation
The Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) is a Japanese corporation established in April 1993 to procure, manage and lease transponders on communications satellites. Its largest stockholder, owning 49.9%, is NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. In 1994 it was ranked by Space News as the world's 19th largest fixed satellite operator.
Current satellite fleet
BSAT-2a was manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation based on the STAR Bus platform. It was launched aboard an Ariane 5G rocket on March 8, 2001. BSAT-2a serves as an on orbit backup to BSAT-2c.
Launched 2007-08-14 by an Ariane 5-ECA expendable launch vehicle. It was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems based on the A2100A platform design, with a communications payload containing 12 Ku-band channels, eight of which operate at one time. Located in geostationary orbit at 110 degrees East longitude, it replaced BSAT-1a and BSAT-1b.
B-SAT awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite, BSAT-3b, which was launched by Arianespace aboard an Ariane 5-ECA (along with the Eutelsat W3B satellite) on 2010-10-28.
Launched on 2011-08-07
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- "BSAT-3A - NSSDC ID: 2007-036B". NASA.
- "Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3a Satellite Ready For Launch". Lockheed Martin.
- "B-SAT AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR BSAT-3b SATELLITE". Lockheed Martin. 2008-04-15.
- "Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3b Satellite Successfully Launched for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation of Japan". Lockheed Martin. 2010-10-28.
- "All Systems Are Nominal Aboard Lockheed Martin Bsat-3b Satellite Following Oct. 28 Launch". Lockheed Martin. 2010-11-04.
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