AsiaSat 8

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AsiaSat 8
Mission type Communications
Operator AsiaSat
COSPAR ID 2014-046A
SATCAT № 40107
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300LL
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 4535 kg
Start of mission
Launch date 5 August 2014, 08:00 (2014-08-05UTC08Z) UTC
Rocket Falcon 9 v1.1
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-40
Contractor SpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 105.5° East
Semi-major axis 42,163.48 kilometres (26,199.17 mi)[1]
Eccentricity 0.0001651[1]
Perigee 35,785 kilometres (22,236 mi)[1]
Apogee 35,799 kilometres (22,244 mi)[1]
Inclination 0.04 degrees[1]
Period 1436.08 minutes[1]
Epoch 24 January 2015, 22:45:56 UTC[1]
Transponders
Band 24 Ku band, 1 Ka band
Bandwidth 54 MHz
Coverage area Asia
Middle East
TWTA power 210 watts

AsiaSat 8 is a Hong Kong geostationary communications satellite which is operated by the Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company.

Satellite[edit]

AsiaSat 8 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300LL satellite bus.[2][3] The satellite carries 24 Ku band transponders and a Ka band payload, and was planned to be initially positioned above the equator,[4] at a longitude of 105.5 degrees East,[5] providing coverage of southern and south-eastern Asia, China and the Middle East.[6]

Launch vehicle[edit]

The launch of the Falcon 9 carrying AsiaSat 8.

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

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).[9] One month on, the orbit had decayed to an altitude of 185 km (115 mi) at its closest approach to Earth,[10] and by November had decayed to a 169 km (105 mi) perigee.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "ASIASAT 8 Satellite details 2014-046A NORAD 40107". N2YO. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "AsiaSat 8". Space Systems/Loral. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "AsiaSat 8". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "AsiaSat 8 launches from Cape Canaveral". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "AsiaSat 8". Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Asiasat 8". SatBeams.com. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "AsiaSat 8 Successfully Lifts Off" (PDF). AsiaSat. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  8. ^ SpaceX AsiaSat 8 Press Kit, 4 Aug 2014, accessed 5 Aug 2014.
  9. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-046B NORAD 40108". N2YO. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-046B NORAD 40108". N2YO. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-046B NORAD 40108". N2YO. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 

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