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Mission type Communications
Operator JSAT
COSPAR ID 2008-038A
SATCAT № 33274
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus DS-2000
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric
Launch mass 4,820 kilograms (10,630 lb)
Dry mass 2,018 kilograms (4,449 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 14 August 2008, 20:44 (2008-08-14UTC20:44Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5ECA V185
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 144° west
Perigee 35,789 kilometres (22,238 mi)
Apogee 35,796 kilometres (22,243 mi)
Inclination 0.00 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 28 October 2013, 22:11:08 UTC[1]

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.[2]

Superbird 7 was launched August 14, 2008 by an Ariane 5 carrier rocket.[3] It has a mass of 5 tonnes (11,000 lb) at launch and a design life of more than 15 years.[4]

DS-2000 satellite bus[edit]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "SUPERBIRD 7 Satellite details 2008-038A NORAD 33274". N2YO. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "SCC Announces Launch Schedule for Superbird-7" (PDF). SCC. 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Another successful Arianespace launch: Superbird-7 and AMC-21 in orbit". Arianespace. 
  4. ^ "SUPERBIRD-C2 (7)". Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. 2008.