Israeli satellite operator Spacecom has announced the successful launch of its Amos-17 satellite from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 launch vehicle.
The satellite, which will be placed in the 17° East orbital position, will begin its testing processes in orbit over the next few weeks
Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Amos-17 is a high-power, high throughput satellite designed to meet Africa’s communication demands. Its payload will provide C-Band HTS, Ka-band and Ku-band capabilities, enabling the combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams. It will offer connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, Europe, India, China and as far west as Brazil.
Following a sequence of in-irbit Tests that are expected to take approximately three months, Amos-17 is scheduled to begin commercial operations later in 2019.
Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack said: “Amos-17 places us directly into the exciting growth of Africa’s Sub-Saharan vibrant markets. As a leading multi-regional satellite operator, Spacecom is introducing the most technologically advanced satellite with HTS beams to service Africa where AMOS-17 will deliver a large selection of services to a variety of broadcast, broadband and telecom clients.”