|[January 29, 2013]
Spacecom and SpaceX Announce Agreement for AMOS-6 Satellite Launch
HAWTHORNE, Calif. & RAMAT-GAN, Israel --(Business Wire)--
Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX (News - Alert)) and Space Communication
Ltd. (Spacecom) announced an agreement to launch Spacecom's AMOS-6
satellite on SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 will insert the
communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO),
further enhancing Spacecom's existing satellite fleet.
The AMOS (News - Alert)-6 agreement is the latest in a series of wins for SpaceX. The
company closed out 2012 having signed 14 launch contracts-maintaining
the company's position as the world's fastest growing launch services
"This last year has been one of great success and tremendous growth,"
said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. "Spacecom was one of our
earliest supporters-SpaceX is proud to be their partner and we look
forward to launching their AMOS-6 satellite."
The AMOS-6 satellite, to be built by Israel
Aerospace Industries (IAI), will provide communication services
including direct satellite home internet for Africa, the Middl East,
and Europe. AMOS-6 will replace AMOS-2, which is expected to end its
service in 2016.
"We are excited to partner with SpaceX and its tremendous team. AMOS-6
will be larger and stronger than AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 combined, and signals
a new age for Spacecom," commented David Pollack, President and CEO of
Spacecom. "As we establish our position as a global satellite operator
providing more services and capacity, AMOS-6 will be a key element of
our business strategy and future."
The AMOS-6 mission is targeting a 2015 launch from Cape Canaveral, FL.
Spacecom (Space-Communication Ltd.), operator of the AMOS-2 and AMOS-3
satellites co-located at 4°W, and AMOS-5 located at 17°E, provides
high-quality broadcast and communication services to Europe, the Middle
East, the U.S. East Coast and Africa via direct-to-home (DTH) and direct
broadcast satellite (DBS) operators, Internet service providers (ISPs),
telecom operators, network integrators and government agencies. The
company's planned launches of AMOS-4 in 2013 with coverage over Russia
and South Asia, and AMOS-6 in 2015 with coverage over Europe and the
Middle East, will further enhance its position as a multi-regional
For more information, please visit: http://www.amos-spacecom.com/.
SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced
rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to
revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling
people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the
boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and
Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is a private company owned by management and
employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher
Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has more than 2,000
employees in California, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Florida. For more
information, visit www.spacex.com.
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