Spacecom says it will be the most advanced satellite to provide communication services to sub-Saharan Africa.

BY EYTAN HALON  AUGUST 7, 2019 15:19 3 minute read.  

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, li

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. (photo credit: REUTERS)

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The novel, first published in 2014 in Hebrew, was translated into English and won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.SpaceX successfully launched Israeli communication satellite Amos-17 into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation on Tuesday night, promising increased internet connectivity for sub-Saharan Africa once operational.

Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Ramat Gan-based Spacecom’s Amos-17 satellite soared into the Florida sky at 19:23 p.m. local time (02:23 a.m. Israel time) on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, en route to its 17°E orbital position over central Africa.

The satellite separated from the launcher’s second stage 33 minutes after ignition as planned, and is in constant contact with its ground station.

Amos-17 will commence a sequence of in-orbit tests in the coming weeks, expected to take approximately three months, prior to beginning commercial operations.

“Amos-17 places us directly into the exciting growth of Africa’s Sub-Saharan vibrant markets,” said Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack following the launch.

“As a leading multi-regional satellite operator, Spacecom is introducing the most technologically advanced satellite with HTS beams to service Africa where Amos-17 will deliver a large selection of services to a variety of broadcast, broadband and telecom clients.”

The 6.5-ton, high-power HTS satellite, the company says, will provide extensive C-band HTS, Ka-band and Ku-band capabilities to meet Africa’s fast-growing communication demands. It will offer increased connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, India, China and as far west as Brazil.

“A proud morning, with the news of the successful launch of the Amos 17 satellite,” President Reuvin Rivlin wrote on Twitter. “Thank you and congratulations to our friends at @AMOSSpacecom and @SpaceX for their important work on behalf of the State of Israel.”

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