Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) won the contract for the design, production, preparation for launch and operation of the Amos-6 satellite. The deal’s worth is estimated at some $195 million. The agreement was signed last week.
Amos-6 is intended to significantly expand the variety of communication services provided by Spacecom to the international market from the orbit slot 4° West, and to replace Amos-2 satellite, which is expected to end its service during 2016. Amos 6 will operate in parallel to Amos-3 satellite.
IAI reported that technological enhancements will make Amos-6 one of the world’s most advanced communication satellites. These enhancements include the integration of electric propulsion technology, to gain significant savings in the satellite’s launch weight and costs. With Amos-6, IAI enters to the field of large communication satellites with launch weight of 5,500 kg and payload power of 9,000 Watts.
The communication payload includes 45 transponders in three frequency bands: Ku, Ka and S. They enable the satellite to provide a variety of communication services, including direct satellite home internet services. Today, IAI also works on the production of the communication satellite Amos-4. According to the agreement, the satellite will be delivered to Spacecom by 1 August 2015. Spacecom’s contract for Amos-5 was won by ISS Reshetnev – a Russian government-backed company. It was launched in December 2011 from Baikonur (Kazakhstan) and is now in orbit.
• Amos-6 payload will include: 39 segments in the Ku-22 frequency band, covering the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Pan Europe, 24 active beams in the Ka-19 frequency band, covering areas in Africa and Europe, and two transponders in the S-4 frequency band.
Spacecom also signed a $20 million agreement with the government of Israel for provision of services via the Amos-6. David Pollack, CEO of Spacecom said: “The Amos-6 satellite further strengthens the technology might of the company, improves its satellite capabilities and opens new channels and markets around Europe, Africa and the Middle East for many years.”