SpaceCom orders satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems.



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SpaceCom Orders Multi-Band High-Throughput Satellite From Boeing Satellite Systems International


AMOS-17, Planned to be Launched in 2019, Will be Multi-Band High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) Servicing Middle East, Europe and Africa from 17°E Orbital Position

Tel Aviv – 21 December 2016: Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, announced today that it has entered into a satellite procurement agreement with Boeing Satellite Systems International. The deal for AMOS-17 is worth US$161 million.

The new satellite, AMOS-17, expected to be launched in 2019, will operate from 17°E and will expand and strengthen Spacecom’s coverage of the growing satellite service markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. AMOS-17 will be designed for an in-orbit life of more than 15 years with payload power of approximately 8.5 kW.

AMOS-17 will offer Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band services. It will have a combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximize throughput and spectral efficiency. By providing extensive Ka-Band coverage over the Middle East, Europe and Africa, Ku-Band and C-Band over Africa, it will be a catalyst for Spacecom’s growth plans over the next decade.

David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom said, “AMOS-17 will be a multi-band high-throughput, state-of-the-art satellite that will provide reliable solutions and offer a significant competitive advantage for our customers. We are pleased to partner with Boeing in making this important addition to our fleet. The Boeing satellite will provide a great fit for Spacecom’s expansion strategy, offering an innovative design with capabilities that provide flexible service offerings to meet the growing demands of our customers. AMOS-17 will enhance our capabilities as a growing and highly capable satellite operator.”

About Spacecom: Spacecom (Space-Communication Ltd.), operator of the AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 satellites co-located at 4°W, and AMOS-4 at 65°E, provides high-quality broadcast and communication services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia via direct-to-home (DTH) and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), telecom operators, network integrators and government agencies.


(Polish translation)

Tel Aviv – 21 grudnia 2016: Firma Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator floty satelitarnej Amos, ogłosiła dzisiaj, że zawarła umowy w sprawie zamówienia na produkcję i zakup satelit z Boeing Satellite Systems International. Transakcja na produkcję AMOS-17 jest warta $161 milionów dolarów.

Nowy satelita, AMOS-17, zostanie uruchomiony w 2019 roku, będzie działać na 17°E poszerzając i wzmocniając zasięg Spacecom na rozwijających się rynkach usług satelitarnych w Afryce, na Bliskim Wschodzie i w Europie. AMOS-17 będzie przeznaczony dla eksploatacji na orbicie przez ponad 15 lat, przy mocy użytecznej około 8,5 kW.

AMOS-17 będzie oferować pasma Ka-band, Ku-band i usług w paśmie C-band. Będzie ona miała połączenie szerokich pasm regionalnych i wysoką przepustowością wiązek, aby zmaksymalizować wydajność i efektywność widma. Poprzez zapewnienie szerokiego pasma Ka-band na Bliskim Wschodzie, w Europie i Afryce, Ku-Band, oraz  pasma C nad Afryką, będzie to katalizatorem dla planów dalszej ekspansji SpaceCom w ciągu następnej dekady.

David Pollack, prezes Spacecom powiedział: “AMOS-17 będzie satelitą w systemie multi-band o wysokiej przepustowości, state-of-the-art, który zapewni niezawodne rozwiązania i zaoferuje istotną przewagę w konkurencyjności dla naszych klientów. Jesteśmy zadowoleni ze współpracy z Boeingiem w podejmowaniu tej ważnej transakcji. Boeing idealnie pasuje do strategii ekspansji Spacecom, oferując innowacyjne konstrukcje z możliwościami które zapewniają elastyczne oferty usług, aby sprostać rosnącym wymaganiom naszych klientów. AMOS-17 zwiększy nasze możliwości jako konkurencyjnego w najwyższej klasie operatora satelitarnego”.

Spacecom: Spacecom (Space Communication Ltd.), operator satelit AMOS 2 i AMOS 3 zlokalizowanych na 4°W, oraz AMOS 4 na 65°E, zapewnia wysokiej jakości usługi nadawcze i komunikacyjne dla Europy, Bliskiego Wschodu, Afryki i Azji poprzez “bezpośrednio-do-domu” (direct-to-home – DTH) oraz bezpośrednia transmisja satelitarna (DBS), operatorów, dostawców usług internetowych (ISP), naziemnych operatorów telekomunikacyjnych, integratorów sieci i agencji rządowych.



(English translation)

Israel’s space industry: Boeing will purchase Spacecom Satellite.

Spacecom bought the AMOS -17 Boeing in the amount of 161 million dollars, according to a company of Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. It seems that the statements of the Ministry of Science around the need to preserve the aerospace industry in Israel, the Israeli government decided to sit on the sidelines and let the market do its business

Spacecom Satellite Communications Acquires American Boeing, according to the company’s advertising Stock Exchange. Satellite Amos 17. You can name the delivery date and the start of service provision prescribes no later than 03/20/2019. The volume of the transaction – 161 million dollars.

Spacecom’s announcement comes the same time the stock exchange firm declaration Ministry of Science, Technology and Space necessity of restoration of the Israeli space industry. Since foreign media space no one in Israel is not buying communications satellites, means declarations thing and reality another.

Purely business considerations

Spacecom is a business entity that operates for the benefit of its investors and owners, and she found the proposal of Boeing for the most suitable. The Ministry of Science is a government body, does not have the money to pay for satellites. So you can declare four communications satellites needed, but if you do not pay with a check, there will be no Israeli communications satellite industry.

Moreover, the only excuse for Israel to use public funds to buy satellite communication is security. But, Btr”s Gideon, do not say you have communication satellites, so the military has not been budgeted accordingly. If the army is not budgeted, the Defense Ministry did not invite Israel Aircraft Industries (she was the only builder that produces satellites in the country). The rest of the security services in the country can not justify financing of the acquisition Satellite communications.

For those familiar with the history, this self-evident reality. why? That Spacecom was established because the state did not find an economic justification for funding solely of communications satellites. Since then, nothing has changed. The difference is that today the country is not ready to pocket the difference between the cost of satellite communications in the global market and the cost of IAI.

Fact – Joseph Weiss, IAI’s CEO, stated after the loss of a busy -6 he can launch a new communications satellite within two years, like Boeing. Still, Boeing has chosen communication space. Assuming the two satellites of the same quality, the difference is the price. So where should the state’s subsidy to keep the Israeli aerospace industry?

Sale to a Chinese? No problem

Recall that the media space is still negotiating its sale in front of the Chinese corporation Xinwei. Publications stock exchange can understand the business tactics of Spacecom after a busy -6 loss. First the company closed a deal to rent space satellite service with the company “Asihsat”. However, in order to bridge the gap in the immediate future.

Now it turns out that the company has entered into negotiations with Boeing for the acquisition of replacement communications satellite Amos -6. At the same time the company was in negotiations with a Chinese corporation on sale. Move to bridge the two processes is postponing the sale of the company as reported to the Stock Exchange several times in recent months.

Such rejection media space given the time needed to acquire an American satellite in silence. And may move was politically more complex to perform under Chinese ownership Trump near the inauguration of the president.

It would be reasonable to assume that the Americans do not know that space in negotiations with a Chinese corporation that is published in the Israeli stock market. But since this is a civil communications satellite, it seems that the American legislator no problem. Especially after the recent announcement that the sale of Boeing passenger planes to China supports 150,000 US jobs. However, the initial sale of American Satellite Israeli company easier to digest the American public, with the Chinese company.

According to the report, the new satellite is planned to be ready for launch in the first quarter 2019 and to operate at the track geostationary 17E and allow the company to growth and development through the provision of telecommunications services to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. This is the location where the satellite Amos worked -5. Examined the possibility of launching the satellite on the basis of a contract with SpaceX company intended to launch Amos 6.

Even the future of satellite communications space will be Boeing?

According to the agreement, it appears that Spacecom enshrines the right to purchase additional Boeing Satellite if anything happened to Amos 17. “Until the launch event of the loss of the satellite to the ground, the Company shall be entitled to decide, within a period agreed upon, whether to accept restitution of funds paid, plus interest, together with The costs arising from the cancellation of agreement with Boeing launch or assignment thereof, or to order Boeing to build a replacement satellite agreed price and schedule and subject of updates set. “

That means that if something happens to Amos 17 has not yet reached a point in space, the satellite replacement may not be built in Israel. Moreover, Article 9 – “Other” – defines that space can acquire satellite communications in addition to the full 17. “agreed deadlines – the same satellite to purchase more at an agreed price,” reads the agreement published in the stock exchange.

It is worth noting contractual anchoring of communication with Boeing Space lacks any provision for the future sale of the company. In other words, Boeing did not put a veto on the provision of services or new satellites manufactured by those who buy the media space.

In sum, Spacecom is a business entity that operates for profit and as such, it works best suits it. If Israel wants to maintain / develop a communications satellite industry, not complaints should be directed to the management Spacecom, but the State of Israel not acted quickly and decisively enough to subsidize the aeronautical industry satellite or acquire media space by a government company.

Someone who looks at the conduct of the government side, can claim that the statements of the Ministry of Science, the Government, through its actions, has acted in the opposite direction by virtue of not undertaking any action after losing a busy -6.

Response of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space:

“The country is not a party to the transaction, but we note that this is a temporary solution that does not give an answer to the national, as shown by the Space Commission report, 4 satellites made in Israel which are operated by Israeli personnel. This is a vital need to maintain Atzmaotino the field.”



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