SES-8 at 95° East
|Launch vehicle:||Falcon 9|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
SES announced in February 2011 that it had commissioned the SES-8 spacecraft, built by Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital ATK – Northrop Grumman) for a launch in the first quarter of 2013.
The satellite will feature 33 high-power Ku-band (36 MHz-equivalent) transponders and will be co-positioned with the NSS-6 satellite at the orbital location of 95° East. SES-8 is a medium-sized satellite with beams focused on South Asia (India) and Indo-China (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos) to support existing DTH customers with back-up and growth transponder capacity. The spacecraft will be built on Orbital’s flight-proven STAR spacecraft platform and will generate approximately 5kW of payload power.
The SES-8 satellite was launched on Dec 3rd, 2013, on a Falcon-9 booster rocket operated by launch operator SpaceX.