Boeing Press ReleaseEL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build a 702 satellite to expand communication for mobile telephone, data and internet users throughout the Asia-Pacific region.The satellite, owned and operated by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites, has two distinct payloads. The JCSAT-18 payload will improve mobile and broadband services for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation customers in Asia Pacific including Far East Russia. The Kacific-1 payload for Kacific Broadband Satellites will provide high-speed Ka-band satellite broadband internet to more than 20 countries in South East Asia and the Pacific.JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 is scheduled to launch in 2019.“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. “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.”Since the 1980s, Boeing has built 10 satellites for the JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation, both now part of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.
Kacific selects SpaceX to provide launch serviceKacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its Kacific-1 satellite, which is being built by The Boeing Company.Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket designed from the ground-up for maximum reliability and reusability.“SpaceX has a breadth of vision that appeals to us,” says Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. “The company is committed to changing the way people think about space and the possibilities it represents. Signing with SpaceX as our launch service provider is a major step towards delivering our own vision. We look forward to seeing Kacific-1 atop a Falcon 9 Rocket in 2019.”“SpaceX is proud to partner with Kacific on the milestone launch of the company’s first satellite, Kacific-1.” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. “We appreciate their confidence in our proven capabilities and look forward to delivering their satellite to orbit.”In February 2017 Kacific placed an order with The Boeing Company for the Kacific-1 satellite. Based on the reliable 702 satellite platform, Kacific-1 is designed to deliver high speed broadband via 56 narrow Ka-band beams, with the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.
Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud RuleDelay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 40%Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Disturbed Weather Rule
SpaceX has raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical on a gloomy morning at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. The rocket's previously-flown first stage booster is expected to fire up its engines for a static fire test today in preparation for launch Monday.
Vapors are streaming away from the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, suggesting SpaceX is counting down to a hold-down test-firing at 1:20pm EST (1820 GMT).
Engines on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket appeared to ignite at 1:20pm EST (1820 GMT) on pad 40 at Cape Canaveral. We’ll await confirmation from SpaceX of a successful static fire test ahead of next week’s launch with the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 telecom satellite.
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting December 16 for launch of JCSAT-18/Kacific1 from Pad 40 in Florida
The booster supporting this mission previously supported the CRS-17 and CRS-18 missions
Catch Time! GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief have deployed for fairing recovery! They are heading over 700km downrange.
Sisters Mischief and Mystery are lighting up Port Canaveral as they await their mission departure orders for #JCSAT. #SpaceXFleet #JCSAT (thread)
The nets are hung by the rigging with care in hopes a fairing will soon be there. It appears they will take the approach of raising the nets at the landing zone to not to tempt the winds this mission. Let's see if the latest arm work does the trick. #SpaceXFleet #JCSAT
Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud RuleDelay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 50%Primary concern(s): Cumulus Cloud Rule, Disturbed Weather Rule
JCSAT-18 Fleet Update!OCISLY:▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░ 66%Fairing Catchers:▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░ 44%
Of Course I Still Love You has arrived at the landing zone for the JCSAT-18 mission! The droneship is stationed ~651 km downrange.
GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief have arrived at the fairing recovery zone! They are stationed ~789 km downrange or ~138 km east of the droneship.
The JCSAT-18/Kacific1 #satellite set to launch on Dec. 16 has two distinct payloads: one for SKY Perfect JSAT, and one for @Kacific.
[email protected]’s payload will provide connectivity for millions of people throughout the Asia-Pacific region who didn’t have it before.
SKY Perfect JSAT’s payload will deliver next-generation communications capabilities, improving affordable connectivity throughout Asia-Pacific.