Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Spacecom gets AsiaSat-8 to cover for Amos-6 satellite lost in Falcon 9 blast

Thursday, December 1, 2016 22:33
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

WASHINGTON — Israeli satellite operator Spacecom, whose relationship with Facebook could be summed up as “it’s complicated” following the loss of its Amos-6 satellite in September, will borrow part of AsiaSat’s newest satellite for at least four years, Spacecom and Hong Kong-based AsiaSat announced Dec. 1.  Facebook, through Eutelsat, had leased all of the Amos-6 satellite’s high-throughput Ka-band capacity to provide internet access to Africa. Facebook and Spacecom haven’t provided any sort of updated relationship status since the loss of Amos-6.  Amos-6, which Israel Aerospace Industries had touted as the most advanced Israeli-made satellite, was equipped with 39 Ku-band beams and 24 Ka-band spot beams. AsiaSat-8, built by Space Systems Loral in the U.S., has 24 Ku-band transponders as well as a Ka-band payload.  AsiaSat appears to be holding onto the Ka-band payload.  pacecom’s immediate need for AsiaSat-8 is to replace Amos-2, which launched in 2003 and is nearing the end of its service life.  Amos-6, had it reached orbit, would have allowed Spacecom to retire Amos-2 while also providing growth capacity. It is unclear whether the AsiaSat-8 lease will have any bearing on Spacecom’s dealings with Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, a Chinese conglomerate that had agreed this August to purchase the Israeli operator for $285 million. Xinwei stipulated that the successful launch of Amos-6 was a requisite for completing the acquisition.

We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.