Spacecom

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Space Communication Ltd.
Type Public
Traded as TASESCC
Industry Communications
Parent Eurocom Group
Website www.amos-spacecom.com

Spacecom, or Space Communication (Hebrew: חלל תקשורת‎), is a communications satellite operator in the Middle East, European Union and North America headquartered in the city of Ramat Gan, Israel. Spacecom operates two satellites at orbital position 4° West – AMOS 2 and AMOS 3 – as well as other AMOS satellites.

History[edit]

Spacecom was established in 1993 with a defined goal of marketing AMOS 1, a newly built communication satellite manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries. In 2003 Spacecom launched its second satellite, AMOS 2, owned entirely by the company. In 2008 AMOS 3 satellite was launched to replace AMOS 1 and to increase coverage and traffic abilities.[1]

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.[2][3][4]

Coverage[edit]

Spacecom satellites provide coverage to most of the Middle East, East-Central Europe and an Atlantic bridge from those areas to North America. AMOS 4 will placed above East Asia and AMOS 5 over Africa to provide the company coverage in these fast growing markets.[5]

Services[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Main article: Amos (satellite)

Former

  • AMOS 1

In orbit

  • AMOS 2 (4° W)
  • AMOS 3 (4° W)
  • AMOS 4 (65° E) – was successfully launched on August 31, 2013 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.[2] It will offer coverage across Southeast Asia along with high power coverage beams offering communication links from East Asia to the Middle East.
  • AMOS 5 (17° E) – Israeli satellite launched from Kazakhstan in 2011 by Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket to provide services to customers in Africa.[6][7] AMOS 5 initiated commercial operations in early 2012 with C- and Ku-band beams.[8]

Upcoming

  • AMOS 6 – scheduled for launch in 2014[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, Susan J. (7 November 2011). "Spacecom Seeks to Dominate Satellite Communications Industry with AMOS Line". TCMnet.com. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Spacecom: Amos 2 will reach full capacity by year-end". Globes. 22 March 2004. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "חלל תקשורת סיימה בהצלחה את השלב המוסדי בהנפקה". Globes (in Hebrew). 21 December 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Donald H. Martin; Paul Robert Anderson; Lucy Bartamian (2007). Communication Satellites (5th ed.). Aerospace Press. p. 581. ISBN 978-1-884989-19-3. Retrieved 12 December 2011. "Prior to March 2005 Spacecom had been a privately held company." 
  5. ^ Geyfman, Hadass (July 2011). "Achieving Major Sat Status — Spacecom’s AMOS Fleet". In Pattie, Waldt. SatMagazine (Sonoma, California: Satnews Publishers) 4 (5): 106–110. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Bergin, Chris (11 December 2011). "Russian Proton M launches Luch-5A and AMOS-5 satellites". NASAspaceflight.com. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Spacecom's Amos 5 communications satellite begins operations". Globes. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Briel, Robert (1 February 2012). "SatLink launches Amos-5 platforms". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Ben Gedalyahu, Tzvi (12 December 2011). "Kazakhstan Launches Israel’s Amos 5 Communications Satellite". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 

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