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.
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.