The satellite carries 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload and will co-locate with AsiaSat 7, giving coverage over China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia, with inter-beam switching capability to provide flexibility to address market requirements.
“We are excited that the AsiaSat 8 launch has achieved this significant milestone. This is our first launch with SpaceX, we would like to thank them for their excellent work and effort in making today’s launch a success. In the coming weeks, we will work closely with Space Systems/Loral, our long-term partner, on the post-launch maneuvers and in-orbit testing of AsiaSat 8,” said William Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.
“The addition of AsiaSat 8 to our existing fleet of four in-orbit satellites will expand our fleet capacity and enable us to serve a wider range of customers for advanced satellite services, from DTH, data broadcasting to broadband services.”