Update: Successful SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of AMOS-17 satellite at 7:23 pm EDT
August 6, 2019 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – CEO Bruno Riegl swapped his Swiftsure Group business card for press credentials this week as he joined the media pool covering Spacecom’s AMOS-17 satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch is scheduled for tonight from 7:23-8:21 EDT.
After a week of volatile storms and delays, hopes are high for a weather window without views of thunderclouds and lightning, despite strong wind and rain roiling through the area just an hour before ignition.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite was cleared for go from SLC-40 (launch pad 40) as it was in September 2016, when the rocket carrying predecessor AMOS-6 exploded during prep for a static fire test, destroying the payload and pad.
Spacecom‘s AMOS-17 mission carries a cost of $250 million. The rocket that will blast the Israeli company’s 6.5 ton payload into orbit is expendable, meaning it won’t land for re-use.
With its extensive abilities, flexibility and reliability, AMOS-17 will support broadcast, mobility and data services throughout the African continent. It will be deployed to the 17E orbital position, 22,000 miles over the equator above central Africa to optimize service in a region hungry for enhanced telecommunications.
AMOS-17 will operate in the C, Ku and Ka bands, with a digital channelizer to provide fixed high throughput (HTS) C-band coverage to Africa, steerable HTS Ka-band coverage to anywhere from China to Brazil, and extensive Ku-band coverage throughout Africa, with additional coverage in Europe, the Middle East, China and India.
The satellite’s digital processing capabilities provide connectivity between AMOS-17’s beams in all available bands in any combination. These capabilities also support interference suppression, flexible capacity allocation and other digital processing features for improved service. All command and control channels as well as telemetry are encrypted for additional maximum security.
AMOS-17 is planned to operate a minimum of 20 years, enabling long lasting and stable service.
AMOS stands for Affordable Modular Optimized Satellite and is also an allusion to the prophet Amos.
Bruno is at the AMOS-17 launch representing SatNav Publishers.