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Corporate January 4, 2017

Arianespace to launch JCSAT-17 for SKY Perfect JSAT

Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has chosen Arianespace to launch its JCSAT-17 telecommunications satellite.

On January 4, 2017 Arianespace announced a launch service contract with SKY Perfect JSAT for JCSAT-17. It will be launched by an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center, French Guiana, in 2019.

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 is the 31st Japanese satellite launch contract awarded to Arianespace.

Built by Lockheed Martin based on the A2100 platform, JCSAT-17’s main coverage zone will be Eastern Asia, including Japan.

After the signature, Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace said: «We are proud and honored to announce this new contract two weeks after the successful launch of our 19th satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT. This choice once again reflects the exceptional partnership of more than 25 years between Arianespace and the largest commercial satellite operator in Asia. Thanks to SKY Perfect JSAT for its trust, which is a clear recognition of the quality and the competitiveness of our launch services.”

About Arianespace 

To use space for a better life on earth, Arianespace guarantees access to space transportation services and solutions for any type of satellite, commercial as well as institutional, into any orbit. Since 1980, Arianespace has placed more than 540 satellites into orbit with its family of three launchers: Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and Baikonur, Kazakhstan (central Asia). Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, France near Paris; and has a facility at the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana; plus local offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.

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