Spacecom extends deal with Nepalese DTH player

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has signed a new deal with existing customer Dish Media Network of Nepal that will see the Tibetan country’s only DTH operator take additional capacity on the Amos-4 satellite. Dish Media Network’s Dishhome service will take additional capacity at the 65° East orbital slot to expand its line-up of standard and […]

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 ‘will be sold’ to Xinwei

Chinese conglomerate Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is to go ahead with the purchase of Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom, but for less than previously anticipated, according to Israeli press. Xinwei had previously agreed to purchase the operator of the Amos satellites for US$285 million (€253 million) and take on debt of ILS1.478 billion (€347 million). According to […]

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 […]

Eutelsat agrees capacity deal with Yahsat after Amos-6 explosion

Eutelsat has leased satellite capacity from Yahsat for its Broadband for Africa venture, after Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite exploded earlier this year. Broadband for Africa will use capacity on up to 16 Ka-band spotbeams on the Yahsat 1B satellite to roll out broadband services during the first four months of 2017. Further expansion will be supported […]

Spacecom aims to buy in-orbit Amos-6 replacement by year-end

Spacecom has set itself an internal end-of-year deadline to buy an in-orbit satellite to replace Amos-6, which was destroyed in a launch-pad explosion earlier this month. Speaking to DTVE at IBC in Amsterdam, Spacecom’s senior vice-president of sales, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Jacob Keret said that while building a new satellite from […]

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 […]

Chinese telecom group to acquire Spacecom

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom is to be sold to China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group for US$285 million (€253 million) in a deal that values the operator of the Amos satellites at a significant premium to its average stock price for the last month. Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese conglomerate will reportedly take on ILS1.478 […]