Amos (satellite)

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AMOS-5 Satellite.jpg
Model of Israeli Amos-5 satellite during "Semana de Espacio", in IFEMA, Madrid.
Country of origin  Israel
Operator Spacecom
Status Active
Built 5 known
Launched 5
First launch Amos-1, 16 May 1996
Last launch Amos-4, 31 August 2013

Amos is a series of Israeli communications satellites. All Amos satellites are operated by Spacecom and are developed by its partner, Israel Aerospace Industries (except Amos 5 which was developed by JSC Reshetnev).


  • Amos-2 was launched on December 28, 2003 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan and it serves clients in three service regions: Middle East (including Israel), Europe and the east coast of USA. Transmission and communication services provided by this satellite include: direct distribution of TV and radio translations; TV and radio translations to communication centers; distribution of internet services, data transmissions to communication networks. Amos-1 and Amos-2 were placed in proximity to create a common location, which enables satellite users to increase user abilities without additional antennas. After Amos-3 replacted Amos-1, Amos-2 and Amos-3 are placed in proximity.
  • Amos-3 was launched on April 28, 2008.[1] It achieved the planned orbit successfully. The $170 million satellite is designed to offer increased capacity, expanded coverage and improved links between the Mideast and Europe and the eastern U.S. It is to remain in space 18 years. Amos 3 replaced the Amos 1 satellite. The satellite is located at 4°W on the equator, the same as Amos-2 satellite.
  • Amos-4 is a larger platform (3.5 tons) than previous Amos generations and was successfully launched on August 31, 2013 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.[2] It is currently on the way to be placed in geosynchronous orbit at 65° East longitude. It will offer coverage across Southeast Asia along with high power coverage beams offering communication links from East Asia to the Middle East.[citation needed]
  • Amos-5 (he:עמוס 5) was launched at December 11, 2011[3] and provides coverage over the continent of Africa, as well as Europe and the Middle East. The satellite is located at 17°E longitude. Unlike the other AMOS satellites, it was developed by the Russian company Reshetnev rather than IAI. Contact with the satellite was lost on 21 November 2015.