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  • SCC, JSAT Award Satellite Contract to Lockheed Martin
  • November 30, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Space Communications Corp. (SCC) and Japan Satellite Systems Inc. (JSAT) selected Lockheed Martin Corp. to build a communications satellite (CS) to be orbited at 110 degrees East and operated jointly by the two companies.
    This is Lockheed Martin's first order to build a satellite for a Japanese communications satellite operator.

    SCC will launch the N-SAT-110 satellite in August 2000 and it will go into full commercial operation two months later. SCC will be responsible for the satellite's launch and control.

    The basic specifications of the N-SAT-110, including the type and output of its transponders, its polarized wave signal waveforms, and its coverage area, are almost identical to those of a broadcasting satellite (BS) located in the same position in orbit.

    Thus, assuming that the N-SAT-110 is orbited on schedule, in January 2001, when domestic digital BS broadcasting starts operating, CS broadcasters also will be able to offer the same type of digital services.

    By the time digital broadcasting starts, it should be possible for customers to view both digital BS and CS broadcasts using the same parabolic antenna and receiver units. Demand appears to be strong for services associated with the N-SAT-110 satellite.

    (Nikkei New Media)

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