US' SpaceX launches commercial TV satellite to serve Asia

London, Dec. 4 : The US' private company SpaceX has reportedly launched its SES commercial TV and telecom satellite catering its consumer base in India and South East Asia.

It is a third attempt at launching the satellite marking SpaceX's debut in putting a satellite in a geostationary transfer orbit far above the Earth.

According to the BBC, the Falcon 9 Rocket took off at 22:41 GMT from Cape Canaveral in Florida and released the SES-8 platform on its planned trajectory some 33 minutes later.

The Falcon was aiming to put the SES-8 satellite into a so-called supersynchronous transfer orbit, an elliptical path that runs out from about 300km to 80,000km from the Earth.

CEO and chief designer of SpaceX, Elon Musk said that the successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry's highest performance standards.

SES, Luxembourg-based, is the world's second largest fixed satellite services provider and already relays more than 6,000 TV stations on its 50-plus satellites in orbit and the new SES-8 will be focused on delivering more capability in one of the operator's key growth regions, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 05-12-2013)

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