The successful provision of interim connectivity service using Ka-band coverage mix from other satellites by Kacific made the path to the launch of its foremost telecom satellite very clear. Kacific-1, the new satellite has a huge backlog of customers for almost all of its 56 spot beams and it will not be very far that the company starts preparing for its second satellite launch.
A Singapore based company headquartered in the Vanuatu Island; Kacific is getting its satellite, Kacific-1 prepared by Boeing. It will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of the year 2019. The satellite will share chassis space with Japan’s JSAT’s JCSAT-18. The largest total throughput of the satellite is predicted to stand at 75 gigabits per second. CEO, Christian Patouraux expressed his hope of increasing their people strength from the current 20 to about 45 or so for handling their increased operations and stated that backlog of business for its Kacific-1 capacity stood at $618 million.
The ground stations posing as the satellite gateway will be developed by Kratos Defense and Security Solutions under an $11 million deal signed between the two of them. Patouraux disclosed that its ground stations totaling 5 would be spread in three countries, Philippines would have two, Australia have one and Indonesia have two positioned within the country. The broad site spread ensured continuity in adverse weather conditions to all their customers. Kacific’s basket of services would include satellite trunking, cellular backhaul and provision of connectivity to a series of location applications with the aid of diminutive aperture terminals.
The second satellite of the company when it comes about will be very large and will require a dedicated satellite bus for its launch. This will help the company to broaden its presence in the region of Asia-Pacific and move further westward.
Patouraux said that it faced competition from Viasat with its ViaSat-3 Asia-Pacific satellite which remained unordered so far and SES with its O3b mPower system built by Boeing for a launch in 2021. However, he appeared unfazed as he felt that his company had a first-mover or a lead advantage.