September 2, 2013
Israel Launches Sophisticated Amos 4 Communications Satellite
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Israel’s top aerospace and defense company has reportedly launched the “largest and most sophisticated” communications satellite in the country’s history.According to the Associated Press (AP), state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. said it had launched the Amos 4 satellite from a Russian-owned launch base in Kazakhstan on Saturday.
The Amos 4 was sent into space from the Zenit launching pad in Baikonur at 11:05pm Israel time, the Jerusalem Post’s website reported on Sunday. The launch was expected to disconnect from the final part of its launcher early Sunday morning.
“Amos 4 will take two weeks to reach its designated orbital position 67.25°E at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers,” they added. “The satellite will remain at that orbital position for several months and in orbit tests will be performed on its systems. Following these tests the satellite will move to orbital position 65°E where it will provide a full range of satellite services for Russia, the Middle East and additional service areas.”
The satellite will utilize multiple transponders to enable “a wide range of cross-band, cross-beam connectivity options,” Space Communication Ltd. (Spacecom), the Israeli company operating the satellite, said on their website. They added Amos 4 will provide “extensive broadcast and broadband reach” for their service areas. Specifically, Spacecom said it will provide such services as “Direct-To-Home (DTH), video distribution, VSAT communications and broadband Internet.”
The Israeli military and Defense Ministry had no comment on the launch, according to the AP.
Science and Technology Minister Ya'akov Peri, who viewed the launch from a secure location in Israel, told The Jerusalem Post that space and telecom related issues are “critical” for the country’s security. Peri added the launch of Amos 4 is “is another landmark in the course the state of Israel has set out on – entering the top five leading countries in the field. This… proves to us… that for Israeli technology - the sky is no longer the limit.”