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Arianespace has been contracted to launch the JCSAT 17 and Intelsat 39 satellites to provide commercial television services over Japan, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket ESAThe satellites will be delivered into orbit aboard Ariane 5 rockets from French Guiana in 2018 and 2019.

SKY Perfect JSAT Corp’s JCSAT 17 will be built by Lockheed Martin, hosting C-band, Ku-band and S-band communications payloads to broadcast TV and video services and also provide mobile communications services for disaster relief efforts. The satellite is designed to operate for 15 years and cover East Asia, including Japan.

The announcement comes just weeks after the 19th successful satellite launch for SKY Perfect JSAT by Arianespace.

Intelsat 39, which will replace the Intelsat 902, will launch to its orbital slot of 62° east longitude in the second half of 2018, Arianespace said.

Built by Space Systems/Loral, the satellite will provide video distribution and networking services in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The Myanmar Government will also use Intelsat 39’s capacity to expand 2G and 3G mobile phone access to remote regions of the country.

“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,” said Stephane Israel, chairman and CEO, Arianespace .
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