Satmex 8 is a commercial communications satellite built by Space Systems/Loral on behalf of satellite operator Satelites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex). The Satellite is based on the flight proven LS-1300 Satellite Bus that is capable of hosting powerful communication payloads. The spacecraft will augment the current Satmex fleet and provide communication services including broadband, voice and data transmission, and video broadcasting. Satmex 8 has a liftoff weight of 5,474 Kilograms. It is equipped with two deployable solar arrays and batteries for power generation and storage. The satellite is three-axis stabilized and has a propulsion system for apogee maneuvers and stationkeeping in Geostationary Orbit.
The communications payload of the satellite consists of 24 C-Band and 40 Ku-Band transponders. Satmex 8 will operate from 116.8 degrees West in Geostationary Orbit with a planned mission duration of 15 years. The satellite will provide communication services to North America, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean. It will replace the Satmex 5 satellite that is approaching the end of its mission.