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November 3rd, 2013

Spacecom AMOS’ Anomaly Alternative Activation... Results Rev Up 8 Engines

[SatNews] received a report from the satellite's manufacturer... it is possible to operate the engines in alternative activation methods...

Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced an update to previous reports regarding an anomaly preventing operation of some of AMOS-5 satellite's engines via power supply 2. The company has received a report from the satellite's manufacturer, according to which it is possible to operate the engines in alternative activation methods, and it is possible to activate all of the satellite’s eight engines with power supply 2. These alternative methods increase the redundancy of the operation via this power supply.

The manufacturer further reported, that according to an updated fuel balance analysis, it seems that it will be possible to preserve the satellite's original service lifetime (without shortening it by about 11 months as reported) also in the current operation mode, in which no alternative activation methods are activated.

Launched in 2011 to the 17 degrees E orbital position, a new orbital slot over Africa, the AMOS-5 satellite positions Spacecom at the forefront of Africa’s emerging satellite services market.

The AMOS-5 satellite features a fixed pan-African C-band beam and three steerable Ku-band beams—all covering Africa with connectivity to Europe and the Middle East and supporting multiple transponders in both C-band and Ku-band.

The AMOS-5 satellite offers Spacecom customers a wide range of satellite services, including:

  • Direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting
  • VSAT communications and broadband Internet
  • Telephony services
  • Data trunking
  • Cellular backhaul
  • Video distribution

Together with the AMOS-2 and the AMOS-3 satellites co-located at Spacecom’s 4 degrees W orbital “hot spot,” the AMOS-5 satellite gives customers coverage over many of the world’s fastest growing and highest-demand satellite markets in the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa.