Communications satellite “Amos 5” will help improve communications in Africa
Date: 12/12/2011, 3:42 PM Author: IAF Website
A happy addition to Israel’s growing family of communication satellites, the “Amos 5” satellite was recently launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite weighs 1900kg and extends up to 3.5m in length.
“Amos 5,” is Spacecom’s newest satellite and will be joining the satellites “Amos 2” and “Amos 3,” which are already operational. The satellite was produced by NOP PM. It is the first Israeli satellite not produced by IAI.
Until now, Spacecom’s communication services were offered in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. However, with the launching of “Amos 5,” Spacecom will extend their communications umbrella to Africa as well.
“Africa represents one of today’s largest communications markets,” explained Dudi Zusiman, manager of the “Amos 3” and “Amos 4” programs. “In Africa, the ground communication network is under developed, making satellite communications an excellent solution.”
“Amos 5” distinguishes itself from its predecessors in its orbital location: 17 degrees east of Africa. [The satellite also boasts 4 large antennas, 36 transponders, and operates at over 5600 watts.] “The “Amos 5″ project is a complex one, bridging foreign lands and nations,” said a Spacecom representative. “We are confident that the satellite will enter service quickly, as planned. The lack of communication services in Africa is dire and we are looking to remedy the situation.”
Currently, Spacecom is working on two future satellites. The “Amos 4” will launch in 2013 and will provide service to Russia and South Asia, and the “Amos 6” will launch in 2014 and improve service to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, while adding service to South America.