JCSAT-4 Launch and video info


The satellite is an HS 601 body-stabilized model built for Japan Satellite
Systems, Inc., of Tokyo by Hughes Space and Communications Company of Los
Angeles. The window for launch aboard an Atlas IIAS booster is from 7:37 to
9:01 p.m. Feb. 15 EST (4:37 p.m. Feb. 15 PST, 9:37 a.m. Feb. 16 in Tokyo,
00:37 Feb. 16 GMT). Launch will be from Cape Canaveral Air Station. 

JCSAT-4 will ultimately be positioned at 124 degrees East longitude, and
like previous JCSAT spacecraft will relay voice, data and television
signals to Japan. In addition, like its predecessor, JCSAT-3, the new
satellite has beams for coverage west to India, south to Australia and New
Zealand, and east to Hawaii. 

JCSAT-4 carries four octagonal communications antennas and two wings with
four solar panels each that together provide more than 5,000 watts of
power. The payload consists of 12 active C-band transponders and 28 active
Ku-band transponders, some of which can be combined to provide higher-power

The launch will be carried live on Galaxy IX, transponder 6, in C-band.

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