SpaceX to Launch Twice From Cape Canaveral In August
By Charles Parker // August 3, 2014
asiaSat 8 scheduled for August 5
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BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — Falcon 9 rockets will launch two separate Asian communications satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 this month if all goes according to plan.
AsiaSat 8 is scheduled for August 5, and AsiaSat 6 on August 25.
The launch window for AsiaSat 8 is currently 1:25 – 3:25 am.
Both are communications satellites that will support broadcasting, private networks, and broadband connectivity for customers in China, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Hong Kong based ASIASAT Telecommunications Co. Ltd. owns the two spacecraft.
The Falcon 9 rocket has completed nine launches – with three sending its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station to deliver and return cargo. SpaceX boasts the distinction of being the first commercial company to visit the ISS.