Company Continues Legacy of Success with Second GEOStar-2 Spacecraft
Built for Thaicom
Spacecraft Activation and In-Orbit Testing Procedures Underway
DULLES, Va.May 27, 2016--
ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced that the THAICOM 8 commercial
communications satellite, built by the company for Thaicom PLC, was
successfully delivered to orbit 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.
The THAICOM 8 commercial satellite was built at Orbital ATK s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)
Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket occurred today at 5:39 p.m. (EDT) from
the launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. THAICOM 8 successfully
separated from the launch vehicle approximately 32 minutes into the
mission, placing it into its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit.
Orbital ATK engineers completed the satellite s initial post-launch
health check and configuration in preparation for approximately 30 days
of in-orbit tests and orbit-raising procedures. Following this testing
period, the satellite will be placed in its final orbital slot at 78.5
degrees east longitude. Once in-orbit testing confirms all satellite
subsystems are functioning properly, operational control of THAICOM 8
will be turned over to Thaicom.
Our initial checkout and testing processes show that the satellite is
performing as expected, said Amer Khouri, Vice President of the
Commercial Satellite Business at Orbital ATK. THAICOM 8 marks the
deployment of the second satellite we have designed and built for
Thaicom, one of Asia s leading satellite operators. Once again, we
produced an innovative, reliable and affordable product ahead of
schedule. We continue to build on our reputation for excellence and look
forward to working with Thaicom again in the future.
THAICOM 8 was commissioned after the successful launch of the Orbital
ATK-built THAICOM 6 satellite in January 2014. Orbital ATK designed,
manufactured, integrated and tested THAICOM 8 at its state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. The company s Space
Components Division facilities in California and Utah provided numerous
subsystems, including the satellite s solar arrays and composite
components for the solar array panels and deployable structures, as well
as the super elliptical reflectors to broadcast signals from space to
specific locations on Earth. Executing on a proven short-cycle
manufacturing process, final delivery of the satellite occurred two
months ahead of the original baseline schedule.
A Ku-band satellite, THAICOM 8 carries a payload equipped with 24 active
transponders to deliver broadcast and data services. At launch, the
spacecraft weighed approximately 1,450 kg (3,200 pounds) and is designed
to operate for more than 15 years.
The THAICOM 8 communications satellite marks Orbital ATK s 36th
GEOStar spacecraft launched for customers around the world. The company
is currently producing several commercial satellites that will be
delivered and launched for customers over the next several years,
including the Al Yah 3, HYLAS 4 and SES-16/GovSat satellites. The
company is also developing the new Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1)
for its recently announced commercial satellite servicing agreement with
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Thaicom Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, was
established in 1991. The Company was the first to launch a broadband
satellite in the world, and is a leader in developing integrated
solutions for satellite broadband and broadcast services. The Company s
engineering teams provide leading-edge innovative solutions for
satellite-based telecommunications services. Since its establishment the
Company has launched seven satellites, with four satellites in
operation: THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) provides a variety of broadband and data
services, including cellular backhaul, mobility, government USO support,
content delivery, business continuity and emergency services in thirteen
countries in Asia Pacific.
THAICOM 6 is to expand the Company s broadcast carrying capacity in SE
Asia and Africa (by the name AFRICOM 1 ) and is collocated with THAICOM
5 at 78.5 degrees East; the satellites board a combined 700 TV channels
both in SD and HD formats. THAICOM 7 was launched in September 2014 to
provide media & data services for Asia s and Australasia s entertainment
and telecom industries at 120 degrees East. THAICOM 8 will be launched
in 2016 to expand Thaicom s servicing capacity and footprint in the
region. Thaicom is traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under
the trade symbol THCOM .
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Vicki Cox, 703-406-5663
Systems Group Public Relations
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
and Investor Relations