Satnews Daily
September 9th, 2012

Spacecom + IAI... A Proven Mix For A New One (Satellite)

[SatNews] Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC) has entered into an agreement with...

...Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to manufacture the AMOS-6 satellite, which is scheduled for launch in 2015. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. will be the contractor for the Ku- and multi-beam Ka-band pay-loads. Under terms of the $200 million agreement, IAI will construct the satellite, prepare it operationally for launch, place it into its 4 degrees West orbital position, and provide ground control operations over the satellite's life, planned to be at least 16 years. The 4 degrees West 'hot spot' is home to Spacecom’s AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 constellation which provides satellite services to Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. East Coast. To fund the AMOS-6 project, Spacecom is planning to raise funds from a consortium of investors, including IAI and foreign lenders that support exporters of systems to be included in the satellite.

The new AMOS-6 satellite being prepared for its launch. Photo courtesy of AIA.