While Orbital Sciences Corp was selected as the constructor of the Thaicom 8 spacecraft last year, the Asia-Pacific satellite operator Thaicom did not announce contract formally until 29 April and that was done in a Thai stock exchange filing. The 3,100kg communications satellite also had its launch contract announced in the same way. Thaicom 8 will be launched on a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 launch vehicle in 2016. Falcon 9 had previously launched the sister craft of Thaicom 8, Thaicom 6 which had also been manufactured by Orbital Science Corp. The launch and satellite construction is valued at US$178.5 million excluding insurance.
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