Tokyo -- Mitsubishi Electric has chosen Arianespace to launch the SUPERBIRD-7 satellite for Japanese operator Space Communications Corporation (SCC) in the first quarter of 2008 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite will be built by Mitsubishi Electric, Japan's first satellite maker to enter the commercial market, at its Kamakura Works, using a DS2000 platform, within the scope of a turnkey contract with Japanese operator Space Communications Corporation (SCC). Weighing about 5,000 kg at launch, it will be positioned at 144 degrees East.
The SUPERBIRD-7 satellite will be fitted with 28 Ku-band transponders. From geostationary orbit, it will provide various communications services, including video and audio broadcast to home, CATV and mobile terminals, for the Asia-Pacific region with fixed and steerable spot beams.