Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (“Satmex”) and International Launch Services (ILS) is happy to announce that the launch date of Satmex 8, a C- and Ku-band satellite, has been set for March 27. It will be sent into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The launching of Satmex 8 is expected to help in the timely and continuous transition of customers from Satmex 5 to the new satellite.
Initially planned to be sent into space on December 28, 2012, the Satmex 8 launch was delayed because of an irregularity experienced by the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle on December 28. Satmex 8 participated in the International Launch Services Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) which recently completed as part of its return to flight process. The corrective measures required to prevent any recurrence of the anomaly have been started and are on schedule to support the new launch date.