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N-SAT-110 On Route To GEO

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space N-SAT-110 in Acoustic test cell, Lockheed Martin Commercial Satellite Center, Sunnyvale, Ca. Photo Credit: Russ Underwood, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space.
Sunnyvale - October 6, 2000
The N-SAT-110 telecommunications satellite, designed and built for Space Communications Corporation (SCC) and JSAT Corporation of Tokyo, Japan by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), was launched successfully today from Kourou, French Guiana.

Lift-off occurred at 4:01 P.M.Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) aboard an Ariane 4 launch vehicle provided by Arianespace of Evry, France. Initial contact with the satellite, called acquisition of signal, was confirmed at 5:04 P.M. PDT from the Lockheed Martin satellite tracking station in Uralla, Australia.

N-SAT-110 is a commercial telecommunications satellite program awarded to LMCSS in November 1998. Commercial Space Systems will provide the Lockheed Martin Series A2100AX satellite and ground station facilities, along with operational support for the first six months of the satellite's operations.

The satellite carries 24 Ku-band transponders for various telecommunication applications including direct TV broadcasting and will operate at 110 degrees East longitude covering Japan and nearby regions.

"We are extremely pleased with today's successful launch of the N-SAT-110 spacecraft, which will provide commercial telecommunications services throughout Japan" said Ted Gavrilis, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems.

"Our close partnership with SCC and JSAT represents a source of genuine pride for our company, and I look forward to a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship."

"We are very pleased with the successful launch of N-SAT-110 and would like to express sincere thanks to everybody at LMCSS and Arianespace. We look forward to successful in-orbit delivery and hope this satellite will provide Broadcasting and Telecommunication Service of high quality to our customers in the near future, said Teruhiko Ena, president of Space Communications Corporation, Japan.

The A2100 family of satellites was developed by Lockheed Martin to provide low-cost satellite systems to the commercial telecommunications industry. A2100 utilizes technology that has been proven in more than 30 years of development and flight experience. Eighty percent of all components used on the satellite and ground systems provided by Lockheed Martin are produced by the company, or by other suppliers in the United States.

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