Richard Chirgwin of The Register infosite is reporting that Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a destroyed satellite — the Israeli company has, once again, signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.
Spacecom has told the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange the company expects to use SpaceX for a launch in 2019 and, possibly, a further launch in 2020. The relationship between Spacecom and SpaceX looked doomed after a spectacular Falcon 9 launch failure in 2016 that destroyed a Spacecom satellite built to help Facebook broaden the service's global coverage. Spacecom demanded, at the minimum, a free ride by way of compensation for the launch failure and that's pretty much what the company received.
The company said the 2019 launch of the AMOS-17 cost will be completely covered by credits from the destruction of last year's AMOS-6 satellite. AMOS-17 is being built by Boeing to replace another Spacecom bird, AMOS-5, which failed in 2015 after an electrical fault.
Spacecom is currently renting space from AsiaSat to maintain their service footprint over Africa. If all goes well, a reconstituted Falcon 9 will launch AMOS-6's replacement, AMOS-8, in 2020.