SpaceX Falcon 9 launches AsiaSat 8 mission.
Early in the morning hours today a SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched the AsiaSat 8 into its intended orbit.
This mission launched the AsiaSat 8 satellite. AsiaSat 8 is a Fixed Satellite Services satellite designed to be co-located with AsiaSat 7 at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.
AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, to be equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload. Co-locating with AsiaSat 7, Asia's most established satellite platform for Asian and international programming, AsiaSat 8 will provide exceptional power and additional Ku beam coverage with inter-beam switching capability for services including DTH television, private networks and broadband services. AsiaSat 8 will be the most powerful member of AsiaSat's fleet, with a payload power of about 8,500 watts.