Lifting-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 2323 GMT, on 6 August 2019, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle carried the AMOS-17 communications satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). AMOS-17 is an multi-band satellite for Israeli FSS operator Space Communication Ltd, otherwise known as Amos Spacecom.

This launch comes three years after a previous satellite AMOS-6 was destroyed by a Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad during a pre-launch test.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifts-off from Cape Canaveral carrying the AMOS-17 satellite. Courtesy of SpaceX


This was not the first launch for this Falcon 9 first-stage however, it was the last after SpaceX made the decision to fly this mission with an expendable profile. Despite the loss of the first-stage, there were recovery attempts made for the fairings which encapsulate the satellite during launch.