SLC 40 - SpaceX Launch Facility
Merritt Island, FL, United States
SXM-8 is a large high-power broadcasting satellite for SiriusXM’s digital audio radio service that enables subscribers to stream personalized music and podcasts to their cars’ radio or online. Satellite radio enables a more stable connection that traditional terrestrial frequency modulation (FM) radio stations. For example, when you listen to FM radio in your car, if you travel too far away from your city, your radio station’s signal fades into static. FM radio signals can only cover around 48 to 64 kilometers from their source. SiriusXM Radio provides uninterrupted radio service from its satellites in space, which are capable of broadcasting signal down to Earth from over 35,000 kilometers away You could drive across the United States without having to scan for a new radio station, nor losing signal. In fact, many car manufacturers collaborate with Sirius XM to add the service as a vehicle feature. In August Tesla included a three-month trial subscription of the SiriusXM satellite radio service in their Model X and Model S electric vehicles.