Amos-3

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AMOS-3 (AMOS-60)
Mission type Communication
Operator Spacecom
COSPAR ID 2008-022A
SATCAT № 32794
Mission duration 18 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer IAI
Thales Alenia Space
Start of mission
Launch date 28 April 2008, 05:00 (2008-04-28UTC05Z) UTC
Rocket Zenit-3SLB
Launch site Baikonur 45/1
Contractor Land Launch
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary

AMOS-3, also known as AMOS-60 is an Israeli communications satellite operated by Spacecom. The satellite is powered by twin solar panels, and is based on the Israeli AMOS bus. It replaced AMOS-1 in geosynchronous orbit at 4°W. AMOS-3 carries fifteen Ku/Ka-band transponders, and is expected to have an on-orbit lifetime of 18 years.

It was launched atop the maiden flight of the Zenit-3SLB rocket, the first launch contracted by the Land Launch organisation.[citation needed]

The launch was originally scheduled to occur in 2007, and later March 2008, however this was delayed until 24 April 2008. The launch attempt on 24 April 2008 was scrubbed for "technical reasons".[1] This was later determined to be a problem with the erector/transporter system, which had failed to retract and move away from the rocket.[citation needed]

Amos 3 lifted-off from LC-45/1 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 08:00 UTC on 28 April 2008.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Haaretz.com; Video shows how AMOS-3 communications satellite was sent into orbit". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  • Gunter Krebs (2008-04-09). "Amos 3 (Amos 60)". Gunter's Space Page. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 

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