SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the SXM-8 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission is on July 1, 2020 00:00:00 UTC from Unknown Pad, Unknown Location. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 5 and experience the excitement for yourself.
SXM-8 is a large high power broadcasting satellite for SiriusXM’s digital audio radio service (DARS).
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) got in July 2016 the contract to build the two satellites based on their SSL-1300 bus – SXM-7 and SXM-8. Both operate in the S-band spectrum. Each satellite will generate more than 20-kW of power and will have a large unfurlable antenna reflector, which enables broadcast to radios without the need for large dish-type antennas on the ground.
SXM-8 is meant to replace the XM-4 satellite.
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