Kratos to build gateways for JCSAT-18 satellite network

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SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has selected Kratos Defense & Security Solutions to design and build gateways for SJC’s new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) JCSAT-18. The satellite, launching from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in 2019, will deliver broadband and mobile communication services to Asia Pacific and Eastern Russia.

The SJC contract award is for a multi-site gateway solution that will include Kratos’ 13 meter Ka-band antennas and a monitoring and control system. The pre-integrated solution will be installed at various SJC locations with control equipment centralized in the company’s Network Operations Centre.

“In our efforts to deliver HTS services across the Pacific and Eastern Russia, SJC sought a long-term partner with a comprehensive portfolio of ground service products and a track-record of building high-performance gateway,” said Koki Koyama, SJC’s Senior Managing Executive Officer and President of Space Business. “The Kratos team was extremely responsive to our design needs and our partnership marks another major milestone towards our launch of the JCSAT-18 satellite.”

“Satellite operators deploying HTS networks need to build new Ka-band ground infrastructure suitable for initial operations, but also designed for growth as business requirements evolve,” said James Kramer, Kratos Senior Vice President. “We appreciate the continued confidence that SJC has shown in Kratos to help maximize their investment with a high performance, multi-site gateway solution – one that supports their business model both now and in the future.”

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