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ЦитироватьKacific1 Milestone: Boeing has shipped Kacific1
Nov 05 2019

The Boeing Satellite Systems International (Boeing) Factory in California has shipped the Kacific1 satellite. It's now enroute to SpaceX's launch operations site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will be prepared for launch atop a Falcon9 rocket.

Here are some images from Boeing showing the preparation of the satellite for transport.


ЦитироватьKacific1 satellite arrives at SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida
Nov 15 2019

Cape Canaveral, FL. 14 November 2019 – The Kacific1 communications satellite, built by Boeing, has arrived at SpaceX facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will be launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket to geostationary orbit.

Owned by Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), this next-generation high-throughput Ka-band satellite will stream broadband to 25 nations in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands via 56 spot beams. Kacific1 is based on Boeing's reliable 702MP-satellite platform and will provide the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the region.

Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO, founded the company in 2013 with the vision to provide high speed, affordable and accessible internet to extra-urban, rural and remote users. He saw a critical, unmet need in the Asia Pacific region, where high prices and unsuitable technology were prohibiting access. By combining next-generation satellite technology with a lean business model that cuts out the middleman, Patouraux has developed valuable infrastructure for local organisations and people.

Kacific1 will deliver high-speed broadband services to previously unserved or under-served people in nations where populations are widely dispersed, and therefore expensive to connect. Many of these nations are archipelagos or have rugged mountain ranges and large rural territories, making satellite technology the best – and sometimes only – way to connect to the internet and phone networks. The Kacific system will be particularly appealing to the needs of health and education departments in provinces and villages. Furthermore, satellite broadband access provides critical communications channels to a region which is often victim to tropical storms, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Kacific1 payload will share a satellite bus platform with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

Kacific has been recognised globally for its work towards better social outcomes through communications technology. Kacific won the Best Digital Inclusion Award 2019 at ICT Days, Vanuatu, and received a Better World Satellite Award in 2018 from the Satellite and Space Professionals International.

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Images of the Kacific1 satellite at SpaceX can be found in this dropbox link.

About Kacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is a satellite operator providing high-speed broadband for remote and rural markets. Kacific broadband fosters greater internet usage and fuels economic growth and improvements in service delivery across covered regions. Its high-power satellites use the latest multi-beam space communications and ground technology. Kacific's first satellite, Kacific1, focuses on the Pacific and South East Asia. Kacific's headquarters are in Singapore with main operations out of Vanuatu.


ЦитироватьBroadband satellite to serve Pacific islands delivered to Florida launch base
November 15, 2019 | Stephen Clark

The JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite has arrived at Cape Canaveral for pre-launch processing. Credit: Kacific

A powerful commercial communications satellite to broadcast Internet signals over the Asia-Pacific region has arrived at Cape Canaveral for final launch preparations ahead of a planned Dec. 15 liftoff on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite, based on Boeing's 702MP satellite design, is a shared spacecraft between Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific, a startup telecom company headquartered in Singapore.

Kacific announced the satellites's arrival at Cape Canaveral on Thursday. Ground crews will complete final testing on the spacecraft and load it with maneuvering propellant ahead of its launch next month.

The spacecraft was built at Boeing's satellite factory in El Segundo, California. According to Kacific, the satellite will weigh around 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) fully fueled for launch.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will deploy the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 satellite in an elliptical transfer orbit, then the spacecraft will use its on-board propulsion system to reach a circular geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) over the equator. The satellite will maneuver into a position over the Asia-Pacific to begin a planned 15-year service life.

JSAT will use the satellite's Ku-band capacity to provide communication services over Japan and the broader Asia-Pacific region, with a coverage range extending fr om Indonesia and Southeast Asia to coastal China and Eastern Russia.

Kacific's mission will utilize the satellite's Ka-band payload, which includes 56 spot beams delivering up to 60 gigabits per second of data throughput capacity, the company said.

The new satellite will "provide the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the (Asia-Pacific) region," Kacific said in a statement. Founded in 2013, Kacific says the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 spacecraft will stream broadband to 25 nations in Southeast Asia and in the Pacific islands, wh ere dispersed populations and rugged terrain pose roadblocks for building terrestrial Internet links.

Kacific says education, health care and emergency response services will benefit from the company's satellite broadband network.

The JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 spacecraft is currently scheduled for launch Dec. 15 from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad during a window opening at 7:10 p.m. EST and closing at 8:38 p.m. EST (0010-0138 GMT on Dec. 16).


Цитировать Emre Kelly @EmreKelly 10 дек.

Yup, next week's gonna be busy. #SpaceX targeting NET Monday, Dec. 16, for #Falcon9 launch from Cape Canaveral AFS with JCSAT-18 / Kacific-1. Launch hazard area in effect from 1700 to 2130 ET (2200 to 0230 UTC). Drone ship.


Цитировать Raul‏ @Raul74Cz 10 ч. назад

Launch Hazard Areas for #SpaceX #JCSat-18 mission based on issued NOTMAR message. Planned position for B1056.3 landing 651km downrange. Expected fairing halves recovery attempt to the nets of GO Ms.Tree/Chief approximately 773km downrange. http://bit.do/LHA10






Цитировать Julia‏ @julia_bergeron 3 ч. назад

It appears that Tug Hawk has left Port Canaveral presumably with OCISLY in tow. Available cameras are impeded by the rain that has been happening all day. #JCSAT #SpaceXFleet

: PTZ webcam https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1205316708183007232/photo/1pic.twitter.com/Ojd0dogIkg

3 ч. назад

It appears GO Quest is following in the wake of Tug Hawk and OCISLY. The #JCSAT mission has begun. Fair winds and following seas. Be safe out there! #SpaceXFleet


Цитировать Julia‏ @julia_bergeron 1 ч. назад

Current positions of Tug Hawk/OCISLY and GO Quest. The winds were a bit gnarly at 20 kn closer to shore. It is a little calmer at their current location with 12 kn. Quest has almost caught up to Hawk who is starting to stabilize at 5 kn/hr. #SpaceXFleet #JCSAT


Цитировать Chris B - NSF‏ @NASASpaceflight 4 мин. назад

And the Static Fire test for the Falcon 9 booster (B1056.3) involved with next week's JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 launch is expected to take place on SLC-40 today.


Цитировать Julia‏ @julia_bergeron 5 мин. назад

Through the shades of winter grey I spy a Falcon 9 vertical at LC 40 awaiting static fire. No further coverage from me today. Work calls. #SpaceX #JCSAT


Цитировать12/13/2019 17:24 Spaceflight Now

SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral have raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad in preparation for a static fire test Friday.

The Falcon 9 will be used to launch a commercial geostationary communications satellite no earlier than Monday at 7:10 p.m. EST (0010 GMT Tuesday).

But first, SpaceX plans to perform a hold-down test-firing of the Falcon 9's first stage Merlin engines later today. The test-firing is a customary pre-launch checkout before every SpaceX mission, providing a test of launch vehicle systems and a rehearsal for the company's launch team.

The Falcon 9 was raised vertical at pad 40 overnight without its satellite payload or fairing. Assuming a successful static fire test today, SpaceX will return the rocket to its hangar near pad 40 for attachment of the Boeing-built JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite, which is already encapsulated inside the Falcon 9's payload shroud.

In preparation for today's static fire test, SpaceX will load super-chilled, densified kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. The countdown will proceed through the final steps before launch, including retraction of the strongback structure into position for liftoff and pressurization of the rocket's propellant tanks.

The nine Merlin 1D engines at the bottom of the Falcon 9's first stage will ignite for several seconds, throttling up to full power to generate some 1.7 million pounds of thrust as hold-down restraints keep the rocket firmly on the ground.

SpaceX engineers will perform a data review after the static fire as technicians at Cape Canaveral roll the rocket back to the hangar and prepare to mate it with the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite.

The mission set for launch Monday will mark SpaceX's 13th flight of the year, and the second in 11 days from the same launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


Прогноз погоды L-3 на 16 декабря (LT)

L-3 Forecast JCSAT-18 16 Dec

Пусковой день    (16.12) - 90 % GO
Резервный день (17.12) - 60 % GO


Цитировать12/13/2019 19:34 Stephen Clark

The first wisps of vapor at pad 40 are an indication that SpaceX is readying the Falcon 9 for a static test firing of its Merlin first stage engines.


Цитировать12/13/2019 21:02 Stephen Clark

Vapors are now streaming away from the Falcon 9 rocket at the Complex 40 launch pad, suggesting fueling is well underway and the static fire test is on track for 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT).


Цитировать12/13/2019 21:22 Stephen Clark

A plume of rocket exhaust over the launch pad suggests the Falcon 9 rocket's Merlin engines ignited at 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT). We'll stand by for confirmation from SpaceX of a successful test.


Цитировать12/13/2019 21:25 Stephen Clark

Here's another view of the hold-down firing.