Spacecom: Israel to inaugurate satellite to cover Africa

Spacecom, a telecommunication firm which operates the Amos fleet of Israeli satellites, will launch its next satellite on August 3. which will cover Africa.


The Amos-17 is an advanced digital satellite that will provide communications services over Africa.

This would be the first satellite of its kind that provides the continent with high-quality broadcasts and adequate frequency, in a way that fits the needs of Africa, which is known for its unstable weather that affects transmission.


Amos-17 is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and will orbit 36,000 kilometres above central Africa, providing TV, internet and cellular services as well as services to governments.

It will replace the Amos-16, which was launched in 2016.

Spacecom hopes a successful launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, will end a rough patch. In 2015 the company lost contact with its Amos-5 satellite and a year later Amos-6 was destroyed days before its scheduled launch when a SpaceX rocket exploded.




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