AsiaSat took a major step towards the launch of AsiaSat 8 in Q2 2014 with the successful completion of Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) tests earlier this month. The integrated spacecraft’s antenna and payload performance measured through these tests demonstrated compliance with all specifications.
Prior to the CATR tests, AsiaSat 8’s dynamic test was also successfully conducted.
AsiaSat 8, a Ku/Ka-band satellite to be co-located with AsiaSat 3S at 105.5°E, will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. It will offer new high-powered Ku-band beams covering multiple regions, including China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia for DTH and broadband services.