Mission logo of THAICOM 6
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2014-002A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.39500
Mission duration15 years[1]
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerOrbital Sciences Corporation
Launch mass3,325 kg (7,330 lb)[1]
Power3.7 kW (5.0 hp)[2]
Start of mission
Launch dateJanuary 6, 2014, 22:06 (2014-01-06UTC22:06Z) UTC
RocketFalcon 9 v1.1
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude78.5° East[1]
Perigee altitude35,789 kilometres (22,238 mi)[3]
Apogee altitude35,795 kilometres (22,242 mi)[3]
Inclination0.07 degrees[3]
Period1436.07 minutes[3]
Epoch25 January 2015, 02:13:56 UTC[3]
Band18 C band
8 Ku band
Frequency72, 36 MHz C band
54, 36 MHz Ku band
Coverage areaSoutheast Asia, Africa & Americas

THAICOM 6 (Thai: ไทยคม 6) is a Thai satellite of the Thaicom series, operated by Thaicom Public Company Limited, a subsidiary of INTOUCH headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. THAICOM 6 is colocated with Thaicom 5 at 78.5 degrees East, in geostationary orbit. The total cost for the satellite is US$160 million.


THAICOM 6 is a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft, carrying 18 active C-band transponders and 8 active Ku-band transponders. The Ku-band transponders are both addressed as well as beam-switched to broadband. THAICOM 6 provides communication service to Southeast Asia, Africa and Madagascar[4] with its primary role being DTH service for Thailand.[2][needs update]


THAICOM 6 launching on a Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicle.

The spacecraft was launched on 6 January 2014, by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle. The payload was delivered by SpaceX to a 90,000 kilometers (56,000 mi)-apogee supersynchronous elliptical transfer orbit that will later be reduced by the satellite builder Orbital Sciences Corporation to an approximately 35,800 kilometers (22,200 mi) circular geostationary orbit. The supersynchronous transfer orbit enables an inclination plane change with a lower expenditure of propellant by the satellite's kick motor.[5]`

This launch was SpaceX's second transport of a payload to a Geostationary transfer orbit.[6][7] Both the SES-8 SpaceX launch before this one and THAICOM 6 utilized a supersynchronous transfer orbit, but Thaicom 6 was at a somewhat greater apogee than that used for SES-8.[5]

The Falcon 9 upper stage used to launch THAICOM 6 was left in a decaying elliptical low-Earth orbit which decayed over time and, on 28 May 2014, re-entered the atmosphere and burned up.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "THAICOM 6 Service Footprint" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Fact Sheet: THAICOM 6" (PDF). Orbital Sciences Corporation. 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "THAICOM 6 Satellite details 2014-002A NORAD 39500". N2YO. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ "THAICOM: Satellites & Services - THAICOM 6". Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b de Selding, Peter B. (6 January 2014). "SpaceX Delivers Thaicom-6 Satellite to Orbit". Space News. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  6. ^ SpaceX Targeting Jan. 3 For Launch of Thaicom 6
  7. ^ "SpaceX's 1st Commercial Comsat Launch Slips Three Days". Space News. 13 November 2013. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  8. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-002B NORAD 39501". N2YO. Retrieved 13 September 2014.