Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch
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[August 07, 2019]
(Reuters) - Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17
communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute to its
orbital position after separating from its SpaceX rocket.
The Israeli satellite operator is counting on Amos-17, which was
manufactured by Boeing and will provide communication services to
Africa, to help it rebound from some major setbacks, including the loss
of a satellite in 2016 when a SpaceX rocket exploded.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial
communications satellite, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joe
"Following a sequence of in-orbit tests that are expected to
take approximately three months, Amos-17 is scheduled to begin
commercial operations at the 17°E orbital position later in
2019," the company said.
The launch took place at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 2:23 am
Israel time (2323 GMT) and marked the third flight for the
Falcon 9 booster, according to SpaceX.
The satellite had a total budget including manufacturing,
insurance and launch of about $250 million, and will join three
others Spacecom operates.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Steven Scheer)
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