SpaceX launches Israeli satellite for communication services in Africa

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 9, 2019

Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Amos-17 is a high-power, high throughput satellite created to meet Africa's communication demands. Amos-17 will now provide services to TV operators, internet and telephone providers in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as governments and private data companies, the Times of Israel reported today. SpaceX opted to postpone the launch to exchange the suspect valve and carry out a second static fireplace take a look at on the booster.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched a Boeing-built, Israeli telecommunications satellite called Amos-17 into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, adding to what's shaping up as a largesse of liftoffs. Instead, SpaceX hopes to recover what remains of the booster after it falls back to Earth.

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

Amos-17 will conduct a series of orbit tests before beginning operation and is expected to stay over Africa for 20 years.

The AMOS-17 satellite will provide a great fit for Spacecom's expansion strategy, offering an innovative design with capabilities that provide flexible service offerings to meet the growing demands of its customers.

The provision of the AMOS-17 satellite to Spacecom is just the latest milestone in Boeing's almost 70-year relationship with Israel.

SpaceX's most recent launch was its launch rocket known as Starhopper on July 26.

The launch took place at 4:30 pm (local time) and made this the third successful Ariane 5 mission in 2019.

AEHF satellites provide highly-secure, jam-proof connectivity between US national leadership and deployed military forces.

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