In a one-of-a-kind space-based experimentation, Boeing has built a satellite — JCSAT-18/Kacific1 that will offer affordable internet access and other communication services to underserved parts of the Asia Pacific region.
This will cover more than 25 countries, including remote islands in the Pacific and the far eastern part of Russia.
The satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, was launched on December 16, from Cape Canaveral, Florida at about 1910 hours.
Boeing Space, a division of The Boeing Company, responsible for the aerospace products and services, tweeted:
The satellite has two separate payloads for the two customers — SKY Perfect JSAT of Tokyo and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group of Singapore.
Payload is what performs the desired functions desired of the satellite and includes communication antennas, receivers, and transmitters
This is the 13th satellite Boeing has built for SKY Perfect JSAT and the first satellite built for Kacific.
JCSAT-18/Kacific1 has been built on Boeing’s 702 (a section of communication satellite bus designed and manufactured by the Boeing Satellite Development Center) platform.
Commenting on this milestone, Chris Johnson, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International says, “JCSAT-18/Kacific1 is going to make a difference in the lives of millions of people throughout the Asia Pacific region.
“We are proud to support SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific as they seek to bring positive change through connectivity in regions that have been traditionally underserved.”
Image credit: SpaceX Twitter (@SpaceX)