Satnews Daily
December 21st, 2016

Spacecom To Acquire Amos 17 Satellite From Boeing Satellite Systems International

While continuing negotiations between Israeli satellite operator Space Communications (Spacecom) and Beijing Xinwei for acquisition by the Chinese company, there remains a critical need for Spacecom to replace, as well as strengthen, their SATCOM coverage for clients, due to the loss of Amos 6 aboard a SpaceX rocket that exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral during a test firing on September 3, and the loss of connection with their Amos 5 satellite in 2015.

According to sources, Spacecom will be spending approximately $161 million for a satellite order with Boeing Satellite Systems International—the satellite will have a life expectancy of 15 years. The expected launch date for the new satellite—Amos 17—would be in 2019 for SATCOM beam coverage of MENA and Europe.