BADR-8 comsat is launched by a Falcon 9 into a super-synchronous transfer orbit

by | May 28, 2023 | Launches, Satellites, Seradata News, SpaceX

The Arabsat-owned communications satellite BADR-8 aka Arabsat-7B was launched by a Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 from Cape Canaveral at 0430 GMT on 27 May 2023.  The 4,500 kg uses the Airbus DS-built Eurostar-NEO satellite bus design which will use its electric propulsion system to slowly achieve final positioning of the spacecraft.  The spacecraft was actually left in a 61,203 x 403 km “Super-synchronous” transfer orbit inclined at 27.8 degrees. This orbit has an apogee higher than the traditional GTO (Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit) as this makes inclination removal easier to achieve.  Badr-8 will use its C-Band and Ku-band communications payload for broadcasting across the Middle East region. The spacecraft also carries a TELEO optical communications demonstrator payload developed by Airbus DS.

Burn of upper stage Merlin vacuum engine on Badr-8 launch. Courtesy: SpaceX

The launch vehicle’s reusable first stage B1062 on its 14th flight was recovered via landing on the barge Just Read The Instructions located downrange in the Atlantic.


 

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