Satellites on launch path

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Visitors to the stand of international satellite operator Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, are being updated on the latest developments in the company’s business.Spacecom – whose satellites cover Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East – said it was moving forward with developments for two new satellites: AMOS-17 and AMOS-8.

AMOS-17, scheduled to be launched in early 2019 to cover Africa and bring connectivity to Europe and the Middle East, recently passed its critical design review (CDR) at Boeing Satellite Systems International’s facility in California. AMOS-17, a multi-band high-throughput satellite (HTS), will offer Ku band, C band and Ka band services.

Its combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams will, according to Spacecom, maximise throughput and spectral efficiency.

By providing Ku band and C band over Africa, and extensive Ka Band coverage over the Middle East, Europe and Africa, Spacecom explained it will be a catalyst for the company’s growth plans over the next decade.

Spacecom has also released the RFP for AMOS-8. The satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2020.

David Pollack, CEO and president, Spacecom, said: “With AMOS-17 and AMOS-8, Spacecom will continue its expansion in our important markets. Africa is a fast-growing area and keeping it closely connected to markets in Europe and the Middle East is an important element of our strategy.”