Mission Update: Thaicom 8
|Launch Date:||May 27, 2016|
|Launch Site:||Cape Canaveral, Florida|
|Mission Customer:||Thaicom PLC|
The Thaicom 8 commercial communications satellite was successfully delivered to orbit on May 27, 2016 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and is operating as planned. Thaicom 8 will support Thailand’s growing broadcast industry by providing broadcast and data services to customers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Orbital ATK was selected by Thaicom PLC to build their eighth satellite, Thaicom 8. The Thaicom 8 satellite design is based on Orbital ATK’s highly successful, flight-proven, GEOStar™-2 satellite platform, and will be manufactured and tested at Orbital ATK’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.
Thaicom 8 will be located at 78.5 degrees East Longitude and carry a Ku-band payload that will generate approximately 5 kilowatts of payload power. The Kuband payload will be comprised of 24 active transponders providing services to Thailand, India and Africa.
About Orbital ATK GEOStar Satellites
Orbital ATK’s highly successful Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) communications satellites are based on the company’s GEOStar spacecraft platform, which is able to accommodate all types of commercial communications payloads and is compatible with all major commercial launchers. The company’s GEOStar product line includes the GEOStar-2 design, which is optimized for smaller satellite missions that can support up to 5.0 kilowatts of payload power. Orbital ATK has also developed the higherpower GEOStar-3 spacecraft design, delivering the next increment of payload power for applications between 5.0 and 8.0 kilowatts, allowing Orbital ATK to offer its innovative and reliable satellite design to the medium-class of communications satellites.