Space Communications, Ltd. (Spacecom)


Spacecom is an international satellite services provider and operates a constellation of advanced satellites (AMOS) at multiple orbital slots and is headquartered in Israel.


History

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.


The AMOS Fleet 

May 1996AMOS-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 2008AMOS-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 2011AMOS-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 2013AMOS-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.

Q1 2017 - AMOS-6 is planned for launch, to be co-located at the 4˚W orbital position with AMOS-2 and AMOS-3. It will 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.

As per March 5th, 2015 the company was seeking for buyers and in August 2016 Spacecom was acquired by the Chinese owned Luxembourg Space Telecommunications in a 289 million USD deal.

On September 1st 2016, the AMOS-6 satellite was destroyed during the launch that was performed by SpaceX with a Falcon 9 rocket.



References:

www.wikipedia.org
www.amos-spacecom.com
www.haaretz.com  edition 5 March 2015
www.satbeams.com
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.satellitetoday.com   edition 1 Sept 2016
www.globes.com.il  edition 24 Aug 2016



Satellites

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.

AMOS-2

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!
 

AMOS-3

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!
 

AMOS-5

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!
 

AMOS-4

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!
 

AMOS-6

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. 
 

AMOS-17

Orbital Position: 4° W
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 2019
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 17 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.