AMOS 6 [IAI]
Spacecom, the AMOS satellites operator, announced in June 2012 that it has signed a $195 million contract to build AMOS-6, the newest addition to the AMOS constellation, with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
AMOS-6 will provide steerable Ku-band with Pan-European and Middle East coverage, and a Ka-band beam for broadband services with coverage in Africa and Europe. The communications payload is built by Canadian-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA). The satellite is to be launched in early 2015 aboard a rocket that is yet to be selected.
AMOS-6 will replace the aging AMOS-2 satellite at 4° west longitude, Spacecom's core orbital slot. AMOS-2 is scheduled to be retired in 2017.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Contractors:||IAI (prime); MDA (payload)|
|Equipment:||43 Ku- and Ka-band transponders, 2 S-band transponders|
|Configuration:||AMOS-HP Bus ?|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|AMOS 6||2015||CC SLC-40||Falcon-9 v1.1|