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SSL to provide B-SAT DTH craft

Commercial satellite provider Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide a broadcasting satellite for Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). The satellite will be used for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Japan.

“The BSAT-4a satellite represents our fourth satellite contract award for the Japanese market in the last two years,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are honoured to have B-SAT place its trust in our long heritage of innovation.”

The satellite, BSAT-4a, will have 24 Ku-band transponders and will expand the availability of advanced television services such as high definition and 4K/8K ultra-high definition television. BSAT-4a is based on the SSL 1300 platform, which provides high power and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

“We are pleased to be partnering with SSL on BSAT-4a,” said Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT. “This satellite will enable us to continue providing high quality, reliable direct-to-home service throughout Japan.”

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