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March 26th, 2018

Spacecom Selects SSL for Amos 8 Will Serve From 'Hot Spot' to Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Spacecom selects SSL to build AMOS-8, after assessing other manufacturers. Spacecom made this choice based upon the capabilities of SSL's 1300 platform and more.

Spacecom (TASE: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced it has chosen SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR) to build its AMOS-8 advanced communications satellite. The satellite will deliver state-of-the-art broadcast, broadband and data services from Spacecom's 4 degrees West 'hot spot' to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, has been selected by Spacecom to build the AMOS-8 communications satellite.

AMOS-8 will include flexible high power Ku-band and Ka-band payloads with steerable antennas to enable customers to deliver various added value services.

The satellite is designed to provide service for a minimum of 15 years, and is based on the SSL's commercial communications satellite platform, the SSL 1300, which has the capability to support a broad range of advanced applications and technologies. 

Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL said that SSL is dedicated to delivering advanced space systems and services that inform, entertain and connect people around the globe. SSL will demonstrate their industry-leading technological capabilities, their legacy of expertise and their commercial mindset to meet all of Spacecom’s mission requirements. They are honored to be selected to manufacture this satellite, which will enable access for underserved people in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to high-speed, reliable data—a connection essential in today’s digital world to understand what is happening across the planet and participate fully in the global community.

The AMOS-8 geostationary communications satellite will be co-located with AMOS-3. A contract option has been signed between Spacecom and SpaceX for AMOS-8's scheduled launch in the second half of 2020. 

David Pollack, CEO and president of Spacecom added that AMOS-8 will bring additional high-quality capacity to expand their offerings and provide their partners with the abilities to add new and exciting services. Spacecom is dedicated to delivering reliable and cost-effective services that are enjoyed and relied upon by millions of people and businesses. They are eager to work together with SSL to develop this new satellite.