Amos-17 gets set for lift-off

Israeli satellite operatorSpacecom’s latest satellite, Amos-17, is completing the final stages of its pre-launch preparation ahead of take-off later this summer for the 17°East orbital position. Amos-17 has beendesigned to targetthe African market. The craft’s C-band,Ka-band and Ku-bandcapacity will enable ti to provide broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams across Africa. Equipped with a digital payload from Boeing Satellite […]

SES-12 satellite successfully launched

SES has reported that its SES-12 satellite was successfully launched onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. SES-12, is equipped with wide beams and high throughput beams and will provide video, fixed data, mobility and government services across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The satellite will join SES-8 at 95 […]

Intelsat 35e launch scrapped for second time in two days

The launch of Intelsat’s new satellite, Intelsat 35e, has been aborted at the last moment for the second time in two days. Yesterday’s launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle was halted 10 seconds before the planned take-off time, prior to rocket ignition. SpaceX attributed the stand-down to “a violation of […]

SES satellite lofted by re-usable launcher for first time

Satellite operator SES’s SES-10 satellite has been successfully launched into space onboard a ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre. SES-10 is the first geostationary commercial satellite to launch on a re-used first-stage rocket booster. The satellite has a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents. The spacecraft is the first SES […]

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 […]

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 […]

New launch date for SES-9

Satellite operator SES is now targeting a launch date of February 24 for its new SES-9 satellite. The new date was mutually set by SES and the launch operator for SES-9, SpaceX. The latter is currently completing an extended series of testing and pre-flight validation in advance of the SES-9 launch, which will take place […]

Hispasat selects ILS and SpaceX for 2017 satellite launches

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has signed deals with launch service providers ILS and SpaceX to put its Amazonas 5 and Hispasat 1F satellites into orbit. Both satellites will launch in 2017, with Hispasat claiming that they mark “an important step for Hispasat Group” in its strategy for growth and expansion – which started with the […]

Hispasat signs with ILS and SpaceX for launch services

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has signed up with ILS and SpaceX to launch its forthcoming Amazonas 5 and Hispasat 1F satellites, which will go into orbit in 2017. The agreement marks the first time Hispasat will work with SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket. Hispasat 1F will be located at the 30 deg. West orbital […]

SES delays SES-8 satellite launch

Satellite operator SES has delayed the launch of its SES-8 satellite until November 28, saying that launch partner SpaceX found “unexpected readings” in the liquid oxygen system on the launch rocket. Announcing its third quarter results earlier this month SES said that the satellite was due to launch on November 22 and start commercial operations […]