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Mission type Communications
Operator JSAT
COSPAR ID 2008-038A
SATCAT № 33274
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus DS2000
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 DS2000 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.