Thaicom 8


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.[1]

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Mission logo of THAICOM 8
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorThailand Thaicom PLC
COSPAR ID2016-031A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.41552
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerUnited States Orbital ATK
Launch mass3,100 Kilograms
Start of mission
Launch dateMay 27, 2016, 9:40 (2016-05-27UTC09:40Z) UTC
RocketFalcon 9 Full Thrust
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
ContractorUnited States SpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric


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.[2] It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders[3] 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.[4][5]

Reuse of the Falcon 9 First StageEdit

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.[6] 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.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "InTouch may have to up stake in Thaicom - The Nation". The Nation. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Thaicom 8". Satbeams. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. ^ "THAICOM 8". Thaicom. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "SpaceX Falcon 9 recycles to Friday for Thaicom 8 launch". 26 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ SpaceX Webcast
  6. ^ "SpaceX on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "SpaceX on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

External linksEdit

  • THAICOM 8 Information
  • THAICOM 8 mission overview at SpaceX
  • SpaceX Launch Webcast
  • THAICOM 8 Launch Images