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Lockheed Martin-Built JCSAT-11 Satellite Ready for Launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome

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NEWTOWN, Pa., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The JCSAT-11 communications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for the JSAT Corporation (JSAT) of Japan , is ready for its scheduled launch on Sept. 6 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Proton/Breeze M launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services.

JCSAT-11 is a high-power hybrid satellite consisting of 30 active Ku-band transponders and 12 active C-band transponders that will provide coverage to Japan , the Asia-Pacific region and Hawaii. JCSAT-11 is designed for a minimum service life of 15 years and will serve as a back up satellite for other JSATsatellites following its scheduled launch.

JCSAT-11 marks the 34th A2100 spacecraft designed and built by LockheedMartin. JCSAT-11 is also the third consecutive satellite order that JSAT has contracted to Lockheed Martin. LMCSS successfully launched JCSAT-9 andJCSAT-10 in 2006, both also based on the A2100AX satellite platform.

The Lockheed Martin A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed tomeet a wide variety of telecommunications needs including Ka-band broadbandand broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band,high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum andmobile satellite services using UHF, L-band, and S-band payloads. The A2100'smodular design features a reduction in parts, simplified construction,increased on-orbit reliability and reduced weight and cost.

The A2100 spacecraft's design accommodates a large range of communicationpayloads. This design modularity also enables the A2100 spacecraft to beconfigured for missions other than communication. The A2100 design iscurrently being adapted for geostationary earth orbit (GEO)-based earthobserving missions and is currently the baselined platform for LockheedMartin's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R)proposal. The A2100 also serves as the platform for critical governmentcommunications programs including Advanced Extremely High Frequency and MobileUser Objective System and is the foundation for Lockheed Martin'sTransformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) offering.

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