Israel’s Comunications Satellite Amos-7 Begins Operations

PALMACHIM, ISRAEL - JUNE 11: In this handout photo released by the Israeli Aerospace Industries, a Shavit rocket carrying the Ofek 7 satellite is launched early morning from the Israeli Air Force test range June 11, 2007 in Palmachim, Israel. According to reports, the new satellite will be able to …
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JERUSALEM, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Israel’s Space Communications has begun operating a new communications satellite, Amos-7, it said on Monday, a major milestone after it lost two satellites in the past two years.

Amos-7 will replace the aging Amos-2 and provide service to clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This was one of the tasks meant to be carried out by the Amos-6 satellite that was destroyed last September in Florida when a SpaceX launcher exploded. Spacecom had lost contact with another of its satellites in 2015.

Amos-7 is the first addition to Spacecom’s fleet since the Florida explosion. It has been in orbit since 2014 and was obtained in an agreement with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings at a cost of $22 million a year for four years, with an option to extend for an additional year.

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