WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched a communications satellite for Israeli satellite operator Spacecom Aug. 6 on an expendable Falcon 9 mission.
The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:23 p.m. Eastern, following a three-day delay to replace a suspect rocket valve.
Amos-17, Spacecom’s newest satellite, separated from the rocket’s upper stage 32 minutes after liftoff. The launch is SpaceX’s tenth for the year.
Amos-17 is designed to provide broadcast and broadband connectivity services across sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia.
The satellite carries a mix of C-, Ku- and Ka-band transponders, plus a digital channelizer for improved capacity allocation and signal interference mitigation.
SpaceX used the same first-stage booster to launch two previous satellites: Telstar-19 Vantage for Canadian operator Telesat in July 2018, and Es’hail-2 for Qatari operator Es’hailSat in November 2018. The company did not land the Falcon 9 booster for this mission, devoting the fuel that would have been used for a recovery instead to placing the 6,500-kilogram satellite into orbit.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted after the launch that a drone ship successfully captured a payload fairing from the mission.
Amos-17 is designed to operate for 20 years — five more than the average geostationary communications satellite. With solar panels deployed, the satellite has a wingspan of 35 meters.
Spacecom has been borrowing an AsiaSat satellite since 2017 to fill the gap left by Amos-5 while waiting for the launch of Amos-17. The company ordered another satellite, Amos-8, from Maxar Technologies in 2018, but canceled the purchase and a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch contract after the Israeli government said the satellite would be built domestically instead.
9 August 2019.
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