April 5, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: DSN-1/Superbird-8 for SKY Perfect JSAT; and HYLAS 4 for Avanti Communications. Arianespace’s third launch of the year took place on April 5, 2018 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Superbird-8 will provide telecom services, primarily for the Japanese market, and will replace Superbird-B2, launched by Arianespace in 2000. DSN-1 is an X-Band Defense Communications Satellite, in association with the Program to Upgrade and Operate X-Band Satellite Communications Function, for which the DSN Corporation, a subsidiary of SKY Perfect JSAT, has concluded a program contract with Japan’s Ministry of Defense. HYLAS 4 will provide secure and reliable satellite communications services to Internet Service Providers (ISP), Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s), governments and satellite operators throughout Europe. This High Throughput satellite will also cover regions in central and western Africa, while its steerable spotbeams will enable it to cover Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and South America.