Japan conducted its first dedicated commercial satellite launch

Nov 25, 2015 15:13 IST

Japan on 23 November 2015 conducted its first dedicated commercial satellite launch by launching Canadian communications spacecraft, Telstar 12V, into the orbit.

The satellite was launched aboard an H-IIA rocket that blasted off from Pad 1 of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre.

The launch was conducted by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

This was first mission of Japan that carried a commercial satellite as its primary payload and only the second to carry a large commercial satellite. In 2012, Japan had launched South Korea’s commercial satellite Arirang-3 as a secondary payload to the Shizuku (GCOM-W) climate observatory.

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About Telstar 12V satellite

  • The Telstar 12V spacecraft, also known as Telstar 12 Vantage, is a 4900-kilogram spacecraft.
  • It carries 52 Ku-band transponders to replace the 38 carried by its predecessor Telstar 12 satellite and is expected to provide a further fifteen years of service to the same regions.
  • It is a communications and broadcasting satellite of Canadian satellite operator Telesat, which is owned by Loral Space and Communications and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP).

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