Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation

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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.[1] In 1994 it was ranked by Space News as the world's 19th largest fixed satellite operator.[2]

Current satellite fleet[edit]


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.BSAT-2a was deorbited in January 2013. [3]


BSAT-2c was manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation Based on the STAR Bus platform. It was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket 2003-06-11. In-orbit delivery to B-SAT took place 2003-07-15.[4] BSAT-2c was deorbited in August 2013. [5]


Launched 2007-08-14 by an Ariane 5-ECA expendable launch vehicle.[6] 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.[7] Located in geostationary orbit at 110 degrees East longitude, it replaced BSAT-1a and BSAT-1b.[1]


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.[8][9][10]


Launched on 2011-08-07