Arianespace announces a launch contract for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation
Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has chosen Arianespace to launch a new satellite Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace announced today in Paris the signature of the launch contract with SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.
Weighing more than 5 tons at launch, this satellite will be launched by an Ariane 5 into a geostationary transfer orbit in late 2015 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana (South America).
Almost a quarter century since the launch of JCSAT-1 in 1989, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Arianespace have developed a strong relationship of mutual trust. This new satellite will be the 28th Japanese satellite launched by Arianespace. Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: “We are very proud and very honored to once again be chosen by loyal and prestigious customer SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation,the largest operator in the Asia-Pacific region.
This is the ultimate mark of confidence, and clear recognition of the quality and excellence of Arianespace’s launch Service & Solutions.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 9 September 2013, 215 Ariane launches, 31 Soyuz launches (five at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and two Vega launches have been performed. The company has a backlog of 19 Ariane 5, 10 Soyuz and four Vega launches, equaling three years of business.