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DSN 2 (Kirameki 2)

DSN 2 (Kirameki 2) [DSN Corp.]

The DSN 2 or Kirameki 2 satellite is a X-band communications satellite built and operated by DSN Corporation for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

DSN Corporation, a joint venture established by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, NEC Corporation and NTT Communications Corporation, has been founded to conduct a program to upgrade and operate Japanís next X-band satellite communications system. Based on the Program contract, DSN will manufacture and launch one hosted payload (DSN 1/Superbird 8) and one communication satellite (DSN 2) and upgrade the ground facilities including satellite control equipment. DSN will operate, maintain, and manage the facilities and equipment from FY2015 to FY2030.

The primary business operator will be DSN, and roles will be assigned as follows to each company under the umbrella of DSN:

  • SKY Perfect JSAT: Procurement, operation, general management, etc. of the satellites for this Program
  • NEC: Production of the satellites for this Program, upgrading of ground facilities (excl. station building), etc.
  • NTT Com: Maintenance, management, etc. of ground facilities (excl. station building)
  • Maeda Corporation: Upgrading, maintenance and management of ground facilities (station building only)

The satellite will be built by NEC as a subcontractor to SKY Perfect JSAT based on Mitsubishi's DS-2000 bus. Launch provider will be MHI for the second satellite.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: DSN Corporation
Contractors: NEC (prime); Mitsubishi Electric (MELCO) (bus)
Equipment: X-band transponders
Configuration: DS-2000
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: +15 years
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DSN 2 (Kirameki 2) 2017-005A 24.01.2017 Ta YLP-1 H-2A-204
Further DSN (Kirameki) missions:

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