Israeli satellite operator Spacecom’s latest satellite, Amos-17, has completed its ‘critical design review’ and is now in production.
The satellite, which is specifically designed for Africa, is scheduled for launch in early 2019 and will operate at the 17° East orbital slot.
Amos-17, which will strengthen Spacecom’s coverage in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, will offer Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band HTS services, combining broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams. The satellite’s in-orbit life is expected to be 19 years.
Boeing Satellite Systems International is building the satellite and SpaceX will send it into orbit on a Falcon-9 launch vehicle.
David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom said, “Amos-17, equipped with the latest generation digital payload, represents the most advanced satellite over Africa and further delivers on our long-term commitment to the African market. This satellite will bring multi-band high-throughput technologies to deliver unique service capabilities not possible on traditional satellites. We are introducing cutting edge satellite technology to Africa that combined with our customer-centric approach, makes Spacecom the ideal choice for service providers. Amos-17 will advance our support in creating a digital sub-Sahara Africa society.”