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Space Communication Ltd.
Public
Traded as TASESCC
Industry Communications
Founded 1993; 23 years ago (1993)
Revenue IncreaseUS$ 109.9 million (2014)
IncreaseUS$ 22.4 million (2014)
IncreaseUS$ 11.3 million (2014)
Total equity IncreaseUS$ 149.5 million (2014)
Parent Eurocom Group
Website www.amos-spacecom.com

Spacecom, or Space Communication (Hebrew: חלל תקשורת‎‎), is an Israeli 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]

In August 2016, Spacecom shareholders agreed to sell the company for $285 million to Beijing Xinwei Technology Group via a Luxembourg business entity.[5] The deal, announced Aug. 24, was pending the successful entry into service of Amos-6 after the launch.[6] On September 1, 2016, two days before the scheduled launch date, the satellite was destroyed during the run-up to a static fire test of the launch vehicle.

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.[7]

Services[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Main article: Amos (satellite)

Former

  • AMOS 1
  • 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.[8][9] AMOS 5 initiated commercial operations in early 2012 with C- and Ku-band beams.[10] On 21 November 2015 all communications with the Amos-5 satellite were lost.[11]

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.
Name Bus Payload Order Launch Launch Vehicle Launch Result Launch Weight Status Remarks
AMOS-1 AMOS 7 Ku band N/A 1996-05-16 Ariane 44L Success 961 kg (2,119 lb) N/A Launched along Palapa C2. Sold in 2009 to Intelsat as Intelsat 24.[12]
AMOS-2 AMOS 22 Ku band N/A 2003-12-27 Soyuz-FG/Fregat Success 1,370 kg (3,020 lb) N/A [13]
AMOS-3 AMOS 15 Ku band and Ka band N/A 2008-04-28 Zenit-3SLB Success 1,250 kg (2,760 lb) N/A Straight GEO launch.[14]
AMOS-5 Еkspress-1000H 18 C band and 16 Ku band N/A 2011-12-11 Proton-M/Briz-M Success 1,972 kg (4,348 lb) Failed on orbit Launched along Luch 5A. Failed on November 21, 2015.[15]
AMOS-4 AMOS 4000 8 Ku band and 4 Ka band N/A 2013-08-31 Zenit-3SLB Success 4,250 kg (9,370 lb) N/A [16]
AMOS-6 AMOS 4000 2 S band, 43 Ku band and Ka band 2012 Planned September 3, 2016 Falcon 9 Full Thrust Destroyed Before Launch[17] 5,500 kg (12,100 lb) N/A Electric propulsion for station keeping.[18]

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. ^ "Chinese group to buy Israel's Spacecom satellite operator for $285 million". 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "http://spacenews.com/falcon-9-explosion-could-have-ripple-effects-across-space-industry". 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ Geyfman, Hadass (July 2011). Pattie, Waldt, ed. "Achieving Major Sat Status — Spacecom's AMOS Fleet" (PDF). SatMagazine. Sonoma, California: Satnews Publishers. 4 (5): 106–110. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Bergin, Chris (11 December 2011). "Russian Proton M launches Luch-5A and AMOS-5 satellites". NASAspaceflight.com. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Spacecom's Amos 5 communications satellite begins operations". Globes. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Briel, Robert (1 February 2012). "SatLink launches Amos-5 platforms". Broadband TV News. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Contact Lost With Israeli Communication Satellite Amos 5". 
  12. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 1 → Intelsat 24". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  13. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 2". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  14. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 3 (AMOS 60)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  15. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 5". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  16. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 4". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  17. ^ Malik, Tariq (1 September 2016). "SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes on Launch Pad in Florida". Space.com. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 6". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 

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