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BSAT 1A was a geosynchronous communications satellite launched from the Kourou Space Station aboard an Ariane 44LP rocket. This Hughes satellite was created for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corp of Japan and was positioned at 110 deg E. It provided direct broadcast analog TV to over 12 million customers throughout Japan. It was three-axis stabilized and generated 2 kW of electrical power. It was equipped with eight Ku-band transponders.

Alternate Names

  • 24769
  • BSAT1A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1997-04-16
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 723 kg
Nominal Power: 1200 W

Funding Agency

  • Broadcast Satellite System Corp of Tokyo (Japan)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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