Space Communications, Ltd. (Spacecom)

Spacecom is a leading global fixed-satellite operator and satellite service provider, offering tailored end-to-end communication solutions to the Media and Broadband industries. The company is operating the advanced AMOS satellite fleet and is headquartered in the city of Ramat Gan in Israel.

Spacecom provides innovative broadcast and broadband satellite services with Pan-European, Pan-African, Middle Eastern, Russian and Asian coverage and cross region connectivity.


Spacecom was established in 1993 with a defined goal of marketing AMOS 1, a new built communication satellite manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and launched in 1996. Spacecom operates the AMOS (Affordable Modular Optimized Satellite) communications satellite fleet, covering diverse territories with an International global expansion growth strategy. Spacecom today is an established market leader in Europe, the Middle East with the 4°W orbital slot ‘hot spot’, has established a significant footprint in Africa and North America and is now expanding to Asia.

Until 2005, Spacecom was a private company controlled by four companies, including IAI and Eurocom Group. It went public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in 2005.

Spacecom has an excellent reputation in the market with an experienced and stable management and strong financial background.

As per March 5th, 2015 the company was seeking for buyers and in August 2016 Spacecom’s shareholders agreed with the sale of Spacecom to Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co. Ltd. in a 289 million USD deal.
Spacecom was integrated into a Luxembourg-based company called Luxembourg Space Telecommunication, S.A., and the actual sale was handled by Israeli-based Big Bird, Ltd. Both Luxembourg Space Telecommunication, S.A. and Big Bird, Ltd. are owned by Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, Co. Ltd.

The AMOS Fleet

May 1996; AMOS-1, the first satellite operated by Spacecom, was launched and provided geostationary services until mid-2008. In 2009 the AMOS-1 was sold to Intelsat, which will use it from an inclined orbit under the designation Intelsat-24.

December 2003; Spacecom launched AMOS-2 to the 4°W orbital slot, where it is expected to provide services through 2016.

April 2008; AMOS-3 was launched to the 4°W orbital position, broadening Spacecom's service offerings with additional capacity, expanded coverage areas and advanced capabilities, including Ka-band and steerable beams.

December 2011; AMOS-5, launched to the 17°E orbital location, delivers high-power C-band and Ku-band capacity to the entire African continent, with access to Europe and the Middle East.

August 2013; AMOS-4 was successfully launched to the 65°E orbital location. Its steerable Ku-band and Ka-band beams extend Spacecom’s footprint to Asia and Russia. AMOS-4 also includes a Ka-band beam with coverage over China.

September 2016; AMOS-6 was planned for launch, to be co-located at the 4˚W orbital position with AMOS-2 and AMOS-3. It would provide steerable Ku-band with Pan-European and Middle East coverage, and a Ka-band beam for broadband services with coverage in Africa and Europe. On September 1st 2016, the AMOS-6 satellite was destroyed during the launch that was performed by SpaceX with a Falcon 9 rocket.

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AMOS-1 (Intelsat-24)

Orbital Position: 31° E (Inclined)
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 16 May 1996
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected lifetime: 11 years

Note: In 2009 the satellite was sold to Intelsat, which will use it from an inclined orbit under the designation Intelsat-24.


Orbital Position: 4° W
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 27 Dec 2003
Launch Operator: RKK Energya
Launch vehicle: Soyuz Fregat
Expected lifetime: 13 years

Please check the AMOS-2 satellite launch on Youtube!


Orbital Position: 4° W
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 27 Apr 2008
Launch Operator: Space International services - SIS (Land Launch)
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SLB
Expected lifetime: 17 years

Please check the AMOS-3 satellite launch on Youtube!


Orbital Position: 17° E
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 11 Dec 2011
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Spacecom lost all communication and signals with AMOS-5 on November 21st 2015. The company will make a 158 million USD total loss insurance claim after failing to revive the Amos-5 satellite that ceased communications. It believes an issue with the power supply system likely caused the failure.

Please check the AMOS-5 satellite launch on Youtube!


Orbital Position: 65° E
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 31 Aug 2013
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith 3SL
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Please check the AMOS-4 satellite launch on Youtube!


Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 01 Sept 2016
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 16+ years

Note: Satellite was destroyed during the attempt to launch it with a Falcon 9 rocket. Eutelsat and Facebook had planned to lease broadband capacity to provide connectivity to Africa. To accomodate the loss of the satellite SpaceCom leased AsiaSat's AsiaSat-8 satellite and rebranded as AMOS-7.

YouTube: Watch the Falcon 9 launch vehicle exploding with AMOS-6 satellite on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. 


Orbital Position: 17° E
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 06 Aug 2019
Launch Operator: SpaceX 
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 20 years

Note: AMOS-17 satellite will replace the AMOS-5 where contact was lost in 2015 and AMOS-6 that was destroyed prior to launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Youtube: Watch SpaceX launching AMOS-17 spacecraft with their Falcon 9 launcher.


Orbital Position: 4° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 2nd half 2020
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 17 years

Note: AMOS-8 satellite will be co-located with AMOS-3.