Israel’s Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch

News

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17 communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute to its orbital position after separating from its SpaceX rocket.

The Israeli satellite operator is counting on Amos-17, which was manufactured by Boeing and will provide communication services to Africa, to help it rebound from some major setbacks, including the loss of a satellite in 2016 when a SpaceX rocket exploded.

“Following a sequence of in-orbit tests that are expected to take approximately three months, Amos-17 is scheduled to begin commercial operations at the 17°E orbital position later in 2019,” the company said.

The launch took place at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 2:23 am Israel time (2323 GMT) and marked the third flight for the Falcon 9 booster, according to SpaceX.

The satellite had a total budget including manufacturing, insurance and launch of about $250 million, and will join three others Spacecom operates.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Steven Scheer

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Iceye releases stereo images from satellites launched in July
Hunting Plc Is Not In A Race To The Bottom, Says Oilfield Services Firm’s CEO
Man allegedly uses ‘photographic memory’ to steal 1,300 credit card numbers
India’s moon landing attempt ends in communication loss
Radical Experiment Reveals How The Chemistry of Life Could Have Begun in Deep Space

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *