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AsiaSat 8 / AMOS-7
Launch of Falcon 9 carrying ASIASAT 8 (16668638138).jpg
The launch of the Falcon 9 carrying AsiaSat 8.
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorAsiaSat (2014-2017)
Spacecom (2017-present)
COSPAR ID2014-046A
SATCAT no.40107
Mission duration15 years (planned)
6 years, 11 months and 26 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftAsiaSat 8
Spacecraft typeSSL 1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass4,535 kg (9,998 lb)
Power8.5 kW
Start of mission
Launch date5 August 2014, 08:00 UTC
RocketFalcon 9 v1.1
Launch siteCape Canaveral, SLC-40
Entered serviceOctober 2014
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude105.5° East (2014-2016)
4° West (2016-present)
Band25 transponders:
24 Ku-band
1 Ka-band
Bandwidth54 MHz
Coverage areaAsia, Middle East
← AMOS-6
AMOS-17 →

AsiaSat 8 then AMOS-7 is a Hong Kong-turned-Israeli geostationary communications satellite which is operated by the Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company (Asiasat).

Satellite description

AsiaSat 8 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus.[1][2] The satellite carries twenty-four Ku-band transponders and one Ka-band payload, and was planned to be initially positioned above the equator,[3] at a longitude of 105.5° East,[4] providing coverage of southern and south-eastern Asia, China and the Middle East.[5]


SpaceX was contracted to launch AsiaSat 8, using a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle. The launch took place from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) on 5 August 2014 at 08:00 UTC.[6][7]

Falcon 9 upper stage

The Falcon 9 upper stage used to launch AsiaSat 8 is derelict in a decaying elliptical low Earth orbit that, as of 13 August 2014, had an initial perigee of 195 km (121 mi) and an initial apogee of 35,673 km (22,166 mi). One month on, in september 2014, the orbit had decayed to an altitude of 185 km (115 mi) at its closest approach to Earth, and by November 2014 had decayed to a 169 km (105 mi) perigee.[8]


In December 2016, Spacecom made a US$88 million four-year agreement with AsiaSat to lease AsiaSat 8 Ku-band. It is providing service at 4° West.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "AsiaSat 8". Space Systems/Loral. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ Krebs, Gunter (11 December 2017). "AsiaSat 8". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  3. ^ "AsiaSat 8 launches from Cape Canaveral". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Satellite Fleet - AsiaSat 8". AsiaSat. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Asiasat 8". SatBeams. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  6. ^ "AsiaSat 8 Successfully Lifts Off" (PDF). AsiaSat. 5 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  7. ^ SpaceX AsiaSat 8 Press Kit Archived 2015-01-19 at the Wayback Machine 4 Aug 2014, accessed 5 Aug 2014
  8. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B". Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Spacecom borrows AsiaSat 8 to cover for Amos-6 satellite lost in Falcon 9 explosion". SpaceNews. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2021.

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