Satellite Based on Company s GEOStar-2 Platform Scheduled for May
Launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida
New Spacecraft to Strengthen Thaicom s Growing Presence in Commercial
DULLES, Va.Apr. 29, 2016--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced that the THAICOM 8 satellite has arrived
at its launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. THAICOM 8 is the second
satellite Orbital ATK has built for Thaicom PLC and is based on the
company s flight-proven GEOStar-2TM platform. The satellite
arrived at the launch site after it was shipped on Wednesday, April 27
from the company s manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. THAICOM 8
is set to launch in late May aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle. The
satellite will support Thailand s growing broadcast industry and will
provide broadcast and data services to customers in South Asia,
Southeast Asia and Africa.
The THAICOM 8 commercial communications satellite was shipped to the Cape Canaveral, Florida launch site from Orbital ATK s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)
We built and delivered this high-quality communications satellite for
Thaicom PLC two months ahead of schedule, demonstrating our ability to
manufacture reliable, affordable and innovative products that exceed
expectations for our customer, said Amer Khouri, Vice President of the
Commercial Satellite Business at Orbital ATK. As one of Asia s leading
satellite operators, we are grateful for Thaicom s continued confidence
and look forward to more successful partnerships in the future.
Commissioned in 2014, THAICOM 8 was ordered shortly after the
company-built THAICOM 6 satellite was launched into orbit in January
2014. The design, manufacturing, integration and testing of THAICOM 8
took place at Orbital ATK s state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing
facility in Dulles, Virginia.
A Ku-band satellite, THAICOM 8 s payload includes 24 active transponders
that will deliver broadcast and data services. The Falcon 9 rocket will
deliver the satellite into its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit
where it will enter a 30-day testing phase. Following in-orbit
activation and after reaching its final orbital slot, Orbital ATK will
then turn over control of the satellite to Thaicom to begin normal
operations. THAICOM 8 s orbital location will be positioned at 78.5
degrees east longitude and the satellite is designed to operate for more
than 15 years.
The THAICOM 8 satellite is the 36th GEOStar spacecraft launched for
customers around the world. Orbital ATK 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 spacecraft. The company has also begun work on the new
Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) for the company s recently announced
commercial satellite servicing agreement with Intelsat, S.A.
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.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
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