...Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), has arrived at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Satmex 8 is a Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) spacecraft that will provide video content and distribution, broadband services, and cellular backhaul in North, South and Central America. It will also help people in remote areas and provide service for telemedicine, distance learning, and emergency services. Satmex 8 will replace Satmex 5 at the orbital location of 116.8 degrees West.
Satmex 8 will carry 24 C- and 40 Ku-band transponders and is based on the highly reliable SS/L 1300 platform, which offers the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.