THAICOM 8 (Thai: ไทยคม 8) is a Thai satellite of the THAICOM series, operated by Thaicom Public Limited Company, a subsidiary of INTOUCH, and is considered to be the 8th THAICOM satellite headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand.
|Mission duration||15 years|
|Launch mass||3,100 Kilograms|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||May 27, 2016, 9:40UTC|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 Full Thrust|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral SLC-40|
Manufactured by Orbital ATK, the 3,100-kilogram (6,800 lb) THAICOM 8 communications satellite will serve Thailand, India, and Africa from the 78.5° East geostationary location. It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders for sending high-definition television signals through the satellite to residential dwellings.
THAICOM 8 was approved for launch into orbit on 18 March 2014. It was launched at the Cape Canaveral SLC-40 in Florida on 27 May 2016, by SpaceX. It is the fourth satellite to be launched by the Falcon 9 and the first stage used to launch THAICOM 8 successfully landed on ASDS - Of Course I Still Love You.
The B1023 first stage was later converted into a Falcon Heavy side booster, which performed a static fire test in calendar-week 20 of 2017. This first stage then continued to land again at the Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during the Falcon Heavy maiden test flight.