Thaicom 8 construction order goes to Orbital Sciences while SpaceX Falcon v1.1 gets the launch

by | May 2, 2014 | Add category, commercial launch services, Satellites, SpaceX | 0 comments

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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