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JCSAT 13, a Japanese communications satellite, was launched from Kourou on 15 May 2012 at 22:13 UT. The satellite was launched by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket and weighed 4.53 tonnes. It carries 44 Ku-band transponders and will provide service to Japan and Southeast Asia. JCSAT 13 will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 124 degrees East. It will replace JCSAT 4A and has a design life of 15 years.

Alternate Names

  • 38331
  • JCSAT13

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-05-15
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 4530 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Japan)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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