Foreseeing the growth of the communications business, Japan Satellite Systems, Inc., (JSAT) of Tokyo signed a contract in October 1993 for a Hughes HS-601 satellite from Hughes Space and Communications International, Inc. The satellite, JCSAT-3, was designed to relay voice, data, and television signals via Ku-band to eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and India; and via C-band to eastern and southern Asia and Hawaii.
Atlas II was a member of the Atlas family of launch vehicles, which evolved from the successful Atlas missile program of the 1950s. It was designed to launch payloads into low earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or geosynchronous orbit. Sixty-three launches of the Atlas II, IIA and IIAS models were carried out between 1991 and 2004; all sixty-three launches were successes, making the Atlas II the most reliable launch system in history.
Lockheed Martin's Space Division started in the production of missiles and later ICBM's in the 1950s. Their TITAN missile system was used for 12 Gemini spacecraft and the Voyager probes. They have worked largely in collaboration with NASA on many of their probes, landers, and spacecraft, and hope to play a key role in NASA's return to the moon in 2024.INFO WIKI