SpaceX explains cause of Amos-6 explosion

SpaceX has identified the fault that caused Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite to be destroyed in a launchpad explosion last September. SpaceX said that the fault was caused after three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the second stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank failed. “Specifically, the investigation team concluded the failure was likely due to the accumulation […]

Spacecom secures replacement satellite from AsiaSat

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has secured an in-orbit replacement satellite for its lost Amos-6 craft, which exploded on the launch-pad in September. Spacecom has struck an agreement with Asian satellite operator AsiaSat to relocate its AsiaSat 8 satellite from its current orbital position to Spacecom’s 4° West orbital position. AsiaSat 8 will be co-located with […]

Spacecom to receive US$196m insurance payout for Amos-6

Spacecom is set to receive a US$196 million (€177 million) insurance payout for its Amos-6 satellite, which was destroyed in a launch-pad explosion in September. Spacecom said it has been informed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that IAI’s insurers will pay US$196M – the full amount that was paid to IAI for the construction and […]

Spacecom looks for new satellite after Amos-6 explosion

Spacecom has said it is exploring the possibility of procuring and launching a replacement satellite following the loss of its Amos-6 in a launch-pad explosion. In a statement issued yesterday, Spacecom said that it will serve all of its current and future financial commitments and said it is developing a “plan of action” for how […]

Amos-6 satellite destroyed after launch-pad explosion

Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite has been destroyed following the launch-pad explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was due to carry it into space. The explosion happened at Cape Canaveral yesterday at approximately 9.07am during a standard pre-launch static fire test. In a statement, SpaceX blamed an “anomaly” for the explosion that originated “around the […]

Spacecom teams with Encompass for new distribution platform

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has teamed up with technology company Encompass Digital Media to create a joint new European TV distribution platform. The joint service will be distributed throughout EMEA over the Amos-6 satellite’s Ku Pan-European beam from its 4° West prime orbital position. Amos-6 is scheduled to launch during the third quarter of 2016. […]

Spacecom schedules May launch for Amos-6

Satellite operator Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite is now scheduled for launch via  a Space-X vehicle in May. The satellite, which will be co-located with the existing Amos-2 and Amos-3 craft at the 4° West orbital slot, will provide services to Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Its Ka-band beams have been selected […]

Spacecom signs Amos-6 deal

Satellite operator Spacecom has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to plan, manufacture, prepare for launch and provide ground control operations for the Amos-6 satellite. The deal is worth US$195 million (€153 million) and the satellite is scheduled to launch in 2015. Amos-6 will increase capacity at the 4° West orbital location, currently […]