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AMOS-4 (satellite)

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NamesAffordable Modular Optimized Satellite-4
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorSpacecom Satellite Communications
COSPAR ID2013-045A
SATCAT no.39237
Mission duration12 years (planned)
7 years, 10 months and 14 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeAMOS
BusAMOS 4000
ManufacturerIsrael Aerospace Industries (bus)
Thales Alenia Space (payload)
Launch mass4,250 kg (9,370 lb)
Power6 kW
Start of mission
Launch date31 August 2013, 20:05:00 UTC
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 45/1
Entered serviceOctober 2013
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude65° East
Band12 transponders:
8 Ku-band
4 Ka-band
Coverage areaEurope, Israel, Middle East, Russia, Asia
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AMOS-4 is an Israeli commercial communications satellite, operated by Spacecom Satellite Communications, Tel Aviv-based, part of the AMOS series of satellites.


Spacecom, the AMOS satellites operator, announced in 2007 that it has signed an agreement to build and launch AMOS-4, with Israel Aerospace Industries. IAI constructed the satellite for approximately US$365 million. Spacecom paid US$100 million for AMOS-4. The Israeli government paid Spacecom US$265 million generated from a pre-launch deal to supply it with services on AMOS-4 over the satellite's full 12 year life span. AMOS-4 was originally considered as a candidate for launch on a SpaceX Falcon-9 launch vehicle. The satellite was later assigned to a Zenit-3SLB launch vehicle and was finally launched in August 2013.[1]


It lifted off on 31 August 2013, 20:05:00 UTC from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The geostationary satellite provides direct-to-home television broadcasting, multimedia, broadband Internet and mobile communications services for 12 years, to communication centers, distribution of internet services and data transmissions to communications networks. AMOS-4 extends Spacecom's coverage footprint to Russia and Asia, along with improving service in the Middle East and Europe with Ku-band and Ka-band transponders. The satellite is positioned in geostationary orbit 35,888 km over the equator at 65° East longitude.[2]


AMOS-4 was initially operated from 67.25° East longitude for in-orbit testing. The satellite is positioned at 65° East longitude in geostationary orbit.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "AMOS 4". Gunter's Space Page. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Display: AMOS 4 2013-045A". NASA. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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