European satellite manufacturer Airbus DS has been selected by Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corp to build its Superbird-9 satellite. The contract was awarded on 25 March 2021. Airbus will provide Sky Perfect JSAT with one of its new digitally reconfigurable OneSat platforms with dual Ku- and Ka-band capability.
The satellite is targeted for launch in 2024 and is intended to provide capacity over Japan and East Asia. With it Sky Perfect JSAT will deliver both DTH broadcast services as well as satellite-based internet for maritime and aviation connectivity products.