Paris, 26 March 2021. – The Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT ordered is first Airbus satellite to build Superbird-9, a fully digital in-orbit reconfigurable telecommunications satellite, the companies said.
The satellite will be based on Airbus’ standardised OneSat product line. Sky Perfect JSAT estimates the total Superbird-9 investment including this contract at around €230 million.
Superbird-9 will deliver broadcast and broadband missions in Ku band, primarily over Japan and Eastern Asia, Airbus said. It will bring “day-to-day flexibility” for the Sky Perfect JSAT fleet enabling payload missions to be configured, adapted and combined to perfectly match end-user needs. This covers everything from DTH broadcasting to broadband HTS including maritime and aero-connectivity services, utilising the latest innovations in payload technology and in-orbit resource management, the companies said.