Having had one satellite “cooked” by a Falcon 9 prelaunch failure – Spacecom comes back for more

by | Oct 19, 2017 | Launches, Satellites, Seradata News, SpaceX

SpaceNews reports that Israeli satellite operating firm Spacecom has decided to exercise its “free relaunch” that was owed to it by SpaceX after that company unintentionally destroyed its AMOS-6 spacecraft in a Falcon 9 fiery prelaunch accident in September 2016. The new launch will take place in 2019 and will carry the 5,500 kg AMOS-17 which is being built by the US satellite constructor Boeing Satellite Systems. In addition to this flight, according to the report citing a posting to the Israeli stock exchange, Spacecom is likely to pay SpaceX US$62 million to launch a second satellite, AMOS-8, on a Falcon 9 flight in 2020. This launch vehicle is likely to be a previously flown variant.

 

 

 

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