Sky Perfect JSat
Intelsat is seeking regulatory permission to hand the JCSAT-RA satellite back to Japan’s Sky Perfect JSAT as a commercial deal between the satellite operators ends.
Satellite operators in the Asia-Pacific say they are having discussions with companies planning large constellations of broadband satellites, but lack clarity on how such systems will work in their markets.
Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT is delaying its annual financial report by seven weeks, citing the coronavirus.
Lockheed Martin says it lost $410 million on the first three commercial satellites built on its new LM2100 platform, including the JCSAT-17 satellite Arianespace launched Feb. 18 on an Ariane 5 rocket.
Arianespace completed its third launch of the year Feb. 18, sending a Japanese communications satellite and a South Korean weather satellite into geostationary transfer orbits.
SpaceX launched a communications satellite shared by two companies Dec. 16 using a Falcon 9 rocket.
JSAT has lost more than half a million satellite television subscribers since 2013, when that business reached 3.83 million subscribers — the highest level in JSAT’s history.
European launch provider Arianespace completed the 100th launch of a heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket Sept. 25, carrying two satellites co-owned between Intelsat and partner satellite operators.
LeoSat says Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has matched Sky Perfect Jsat’s investment in its low Earth orbit broadband constellation, bringing the company closer to completing its $100 million Series A.
Sky Perfect JSAT operates 18 satellites, more than any other Asian telecom operator. JSAT's scale has allowed it to make industry-shaping investments in technologies ranging from antennas to drones. But, like many of the world's largest operators, JSAT's revenue has been falling.
Satellite operators in Asia say the debate over C-band in the United States is triggering similar discussions in their markets, causing concern that cellular operators could end up in control of the spectrum in other parts of the world.
Arianespace on April 5 launched two satellites for telecom operators that for separate reasons were both more than a year behind their original launch schedules.
Blue Origin has added a fourth customer to its launch manifest for the still-in-development New Glenn rocket.