Status Report

Lockheed Martin-Built N-SAT-110 Satellite Launched Successfully

By SpaceRef Editor
October 6, 2000
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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,

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.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems markets, designs and
builds geostationary and non-geostationary telecommunications and
remote sensing satellites for customers worldwide. LMCSS is an
operating unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, one of the
core business areas of the Lockheed Martin Corporation .
Lockheed Martin has a 41-year heritage of building reliable spacecraft
for commercial and military customers, having launched more than 875
spacecraft and clocking nearly 1,100 years of on-orbit performance

For images of the N-SAT-110 satellite, please visit the URL site

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SpaceRef staff editor.