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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.

But Mother Nature eventually cooperated, and the liftoff occurred without a hitch. It will provide broadband over Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, with the goal of increasing internet access for Africa in particular.

The Falcon 9 booster supporting the mission previously flew in support of the Telstar 19 VANTAGE in July 2018 and Es'hail-2 launch in November 2018.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched an AMOS-17 communications satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday.

There's a significant financial incentive to recover and reuse payload fairings; each one costs about $6 million, Musk has said.

SpaceX initially aimed for a launch on Saturday, Aug. three, however needed to reevaluate its plans after a routine preflight static fireplace take a look at on Thursday (Aug 1) indicated a valve problem on the Falcon 9.

Once operational, Amos-17 will be the most technologically advanced satellite over Africa, providing extensive C-Band HTS capabilities, Ka-Band and Ku-Band to a range of markets, and combining broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximize throughput and spectral efficiency, Spacecom says.

The satellite headed for high Earth orbit with a correspondingly high fuel requirement.

The launch window for the AMOS-17 mission opens at 3:53 p.m. California time.

It's therefore somewhat surprising to see a SpaceX launch that does not culminate in a rocket landing.

AEHF satellites provide highly-secure, jam-proof connectivity between USA national leadership and deployed military forces.

The launch took place at 4:30 pm (local time) and made this the third successful Ariane 5 mission in 2019.



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