AMOS 4 at 4° West
|Manufacturer:||Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)|
|Launch operator:||Sea Launch|
|Launch vehicle:||Zenit 3SLB|
|Expected lifetime:||12 Years|
Spacecom, ordered in 2007 the AMOS-4, satellite with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). IAI constructed the satellite for approximately 365 million USD.
AMOS 4 carries a large number of transponders in high power Ka- and Ku-bands. AMOS-4, located around the 64º E to 76º E orbital slot, broadens the range of markets Spacecom can reach and the number of potential clients the company can serve. When AMOS-4 comes online, Spacecom will reach close to 80% of the world’s population.
AMOS-4 has available eight Ku-band transponders of 108MHz and four high power Ka-band transponders of 218MHz with steerable beams. The satellite’s weight at launch was approximately 3.4 tons and has a 12 year life span.
AMOS-4 was originally considered for Spacecom’s unassigned launch contract on SpaceX’ Falcon-9 rocket, but the satellite was later assigned to the Sea Launch company’s Land Launch division, on a Zenit-3SLB rocket and was finally launched on augustus 31st, 2013.