Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch

  • Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch

Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch

August 6th was a busy night both at the Kourou space centre in French Guiana and at Florida's Cape Canaveral.

The AMOS-17 mission launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:23 p.m. California time.

The satellite was launched at 2:33 AM Israel time, and according to Spacecom, the launch process was carried out properly, and the satellite separated from the second section of the rocket about 33 minutes after the launch.

But Mother Nature eventually cooperated, and the liftoff occurred without a hitch. Once in orbit, the satellite will provide commercial communication services like television and internet for sub Saharan Africa.

The 250-million US dollars satellite is expected to provide communications services to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe through the next 15 years.

SpaceX set a company record in 2018 with 21 launches for customers.

But SpaceX did catch the rocket fairing in a boat called "Ms Tree".

Following the launch, Amos 17 will gradually make its way, using its own engines, to a geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometers above Earth, which it is expected to do within a week to two weeks.

The SpaceX launch was "free" insofar as it was compensation for the lost Amos 6 satellite that was destroyed in an explosion in 2016. Whereas prior to the March 30, 2017 launch of the SES-10 satellite skeptics abounded, there are increasing numbers of converts to be found around the world.

SpaceX's most recent launch was its launch rocket known as Starhopper on July 26.

The Atlas 5's Centaur upper stage will also deploy a small Air Force satellite to test orbital debris tracking technologies.