BSat 2a [OSC]
In November 1998, following an open international competition, Japan's Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) selected Orbital to construct and launch two geosynchronous direct-to-home TV broadcast satellites. The BSAT-2a and -2b satellites were designed to provide direct-to-home digital high-definition television throughout Japan, relaying channels at higher resolution and in a wider-screen format than traditional analog systems.
BSAT-2a was launched in March 2001 and is providing broadcasting service. Upon completion of checkout, systems were functioning nominally. BSAT-2b, which was launched in July 2001, and intended to serve as on-orbit backup, was placed into an unusable incorrect orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket.
In another vote of confidence in Orbital's ability to deliver reliable, cost-effective GEO satellites, B-SAT awarded Orbital the contract for the slightly modified BSAT-2c, the replacement for BSAT-2b, in September 2001.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT)|
|Contractors:||Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)|
|Equipment:||4 active high-power Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||10-years (fueled for over 11.5 years)|
|BSat 2a||08.03.2001||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5G||with Eurobird 1|
|BSat 2b||12.07.2001||Ko ELA-3||P||Ariane-5G||with Artemis|