Spacecom: Israel to inaugurate satellite to 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.