Lockheed Martin launches most advanced mobile communications satellite

Wednesday February 19, 2020 0 comments Tags: Littleton, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, JCSAT-17

KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA -- Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) third satellite based on the modernized LM 2100TM bus launched from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket and is traveling to its transfer orbit for a series of in- orbit tests before operations are handed over to Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (TYO: 9412).Lockheed_Martin_logoUSE 

Built in Littleton, JCSAT-17 will provide flexible mobile communications services to users in Japan and the surrounding region.

Lockheed said JCSAT-17 is the first Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) communications satellite built on the modernized LM 2100TM, which includes 26 innovations that make the satellite more powerful, flexible and versatile in orbit.

A reprogrammable mission processor adds flexibility as mission needs change. Lockheed Martin said it is currently manufacturing five modernized LM 2100TM-based satellites for commercial and government customers.

“Advanced mobile satellite communications are necessary as the world consumes more and more data in the transition to 5G,” said Guy Beutelschies, Lockheed Martin’s VP for communication satellite solutions.

“This satellite will diversify and harden Japan’s communications infrastructure, by adding new options for mobility, bandwidth where it’s needed, and reliable connections.”

The satellite's payload incorporates S-band and C-band transponders with a flexible processor along with 18m mesh reflector, enabling assured communications continuity during high-volume events.

Lockheed said the satellite also features robust Ku-band connectivity. JCSAT-17 is the eighth satellite built by Lockheed Martin for SJC.