AMOS 6 is a 5-ton Earth communications satellite, one of the Spacecom AMOS series, to be built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a defence and aerospace company, with payload components from various sub-contractors including Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates that is building the communications payload, and Thales Alenia Space ETCA for the electric propulsion. The satellite "will incorporate new technologies that represent a significant leap forward in the capabilities of IAI and the state of Israel in space," according to IAI's president and chief executive, Joseph Weiss.
Amos-6 is said to be costing US$200m, and is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2016 and will have an orbital life of 16 years.
In January 2013, Spacecom announced that they had signed a contract with SpaceX for the 2015 launch of the Amos-6 satellite on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Amos-6 is intended to replace the Amos-2 satellite, planned to be retired in 2016.
During 2015 Spacecom announced the launch date has slipped to the first quarter of 2016 [requires citation]
Under the deal with Spacecom, state-owned IAI, flagship of Israel's defence industry, will build Amos-6 and its ground control systems, as well as provide operating services. Spacecom has estimated that the cost of launching, insuring and one year's operation of Amos 6 will be $85 million.
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