The Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has announced a multi-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide Gbps-class Ku-band capacity on Superbird-9, a software-defined high-throughput satellite.
The agreement will contribute to Panasonic Avionics’ strategic plans to expand the delivery of higher-speed internet connections and enhance inflight experiences for airline passengers over Japan.
Superbird-9 is a next-generation satellite which will have the largest capacity in the history of SKY Perfect JSAT satellites. It is scheduled to enter service in the first half of 2027 and will be capable of reconfiguring its service area, capacity and frequency while in orbit.
Consequently, Superbird-9 will help meet the demands of the evolving market by allocating capacity between congested and non-congested areas in response to customer demands.
Superbird-9 will be based on Airbus’ OneSat satellite system and its fully digital, flexible payload.
Until Superbird-9 enters service, capacity for Panasonic Avionics will be increased in phases. The JCSAT-16 satellite will be added to the JCSAT-12 satellite which is currently in use.
“For the past year, Panasonic Avionics has made significant investments in the worldwide coverage and capacity of our global service satellite network. As we continue to see exponential growth in the adoption of in-fight connectivity in Japan, across Asia and around the world, one thing is clear. Passengers want faster internet speeds for traditional services,” said John Wade, Vice President of In-flight Connectivity Business Unit at Panasonic Avionics.
“They also increasingly demand access to emerging in-flight connectivity applications like streaming content, playing games in flight, and using collaborative cloud-based applications. This significant investment with SKY Perfect JSAT is the latest example of our commitment to a standard-setting global connectivity network and our efforts to exceed the growing demand for these kinds of enhanced in-flight experiences,” he continued
“We are building on our long-standing partnership with Panasonic Avionics and it is our joint commitment to elevate the in-flight experience and to deliver market-leading connectivity to passengers. With the introduction of the cutting-edge Superbird-9 satellite to Panasonic Avionics, we will continue to deliver forward-looking solutions together,” said Yutaka Moriai, Executive Officer and Group President of the Global Business Group at SKY Perfect JSAT.