Boeing announced Feb. 20, 2017, that it has contracted to build a satellite for two customers: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites. The new “702 satellite” will provide expanded coverage for mobile, telephone, data, and internet users across the Asia Pacific region.
“The scalable Boeing 702 satellite is a flight-proven design that we are evolving to meet the future needs of our customers,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, in a press release.
In order to satisfy the requirements of both customers, the 702 satellite will carry two distinct payloads. The first, JCSAT-18, will improve mobile and broadband services for the customers of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation who live in the Asia Pacific region and Far East Russia. The second payload, Kacific-1, will provide high-speed Ka-band broadband internet service more to than 20 countries across South East Asia and the Pacific.
“The combined JCSAT-18 and Kacific-1 satellite has the flexibility to accommodate various business requirements to meet the needs of both SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific,” Spiwak said.
The satellite is scheduled to launch sometime in 2019.
JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation, both now part of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, have purchased satellites from Boeing in the past. A total of 10 satellites were acquired by the two companies.
The 702 satellite family has a design life of 15 years. The first launched in 1999 and today there are still more than two dozen in service. From Satellite and communications companies to military applications for the U.S. Air force, it’s a very versatile spacecraft. Due to its scalability it can be launched by several different launchers including United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV and Atlas V rockets, as well as Arianespace’s Ariane 5.
With at least six more satellites on order in addition to this latest one, Boeing’s 720 family of satellites will continue to serve its customers for some time to come.