A Boeing-built satellite called JCSAT-18/Kacific1
was launched from Cape
Canaveral, Florida at about 19:10 on Monday.
The satellite will enter service
several weeks after on-orbit tests and moving to its final
geostationary orbit position over the Asia-Pacific region.
Built on Boeing’s 702 satellite platform,
JCSAT-18/Kacific1 has two separate payloads for two customers, SKY
Perfect JSAT of Tokyo and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group of
The satellite will deliver internet services to a
potential market comprising hundreds of millions of people
in more than 25 countries, including remote islands in the Pacific
and the far eastern part of Russia.
“JCSAT-18/Kacific1 is going to make a difference
in the lives of millions of people throughout the Asia Pacific
region,” said Chris Johnson, president, Boeing Satellite Systems
International. “We are proud to support SKY Perfect JSAT and
Kacific as they seek to bring positive change through connectivity
in regions that have been traditionally underserved.”
JCSAT-18/Kacific1 is the 13th satellite Boeing
has built for SKY Perfect JSAT and the first satellite built for