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According to its operator, Space Communications Corporation, the deployment of Superbird 7 (to be called Superbird-C2 after launch) marks the first time a satellite operator in Japan has used a commercial satellite that was made in Japan. Superbird-C2 was manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation based on the DS2000 satellite bus.
Superbird 7 was launched August 14, 2008 by an Ariane 5 carrier rocket. It has a mass of 5 tonnes (11,000 lb) at launch and a design life of more than 15 years.
DS-2000 satellite bus 
Other satellites with the DS-2000 bus are the DRTS Kodama data relay satellite, MTSAT-2 for weather observations and the ETS-VIII experimental communication satellite.