Maxar Technologies’ SSL selected as trusted partner to provide direct broadcasting satellite to B-SA


SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) today announced that it was selected as a trusted partner to provide a broadcasting satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). As the leading broadcasting satellite operator in Japan, B-SAT will use the Direct-to-Home (DTH) television satellite to ensure exceptional ultra-high definition video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“We are honored to provide a second satellite to B-SAT that will help ensure high-quality distribution of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL. “We believe there is no greater endorsement of our capabilities than repeat orders from satisfied satellite operators and we look forward to continuing our good relationship with our partners at B-SAT.”

SSL provided BSAT-4a to B-SAT in November 2017, and BSAT-4b will be a similar high-performance Ku-band broadcasting satellite. BSAT-4b will be co-located with BSAT-4a at 110 degrees East Longitude, and will function as a back-up that will secure highly-reliable services.

“SSL completed BSAT-4a ahead of schedule and it is successfully operating on orbit,” said Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT. “We are pleased to extend our very good relationship with SSL to continue our partnership on the BSAT-4b spacecraft.”

B-SAT-4b is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer, and is based on the world’s most popular commercial communications satellite platform, the SSL 1300, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.

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