Boeing-built Satellite to Bring Affordable Broadband to Africa, Europe, Middle East

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Boeing-built Satellite to Bring Affordable Broadband to Africa, Europe, Middle East

Amos-17 will conduct a series of orbit tests before beginning operation and is expected to stay over Africa for 20 years.

The satellite was deployed approximately 32 minutes after the lift-off, according to SpaceX's live broadcast.

This was the third and final flight for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Telstar-19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018 and the Es'hail-2 mission in November 2018.

Arianespace successfully launched Intelsat's I-39 as well as the European Data Relay System's satellite which has an additional payload in the form of bandwidth dubbed Hylas 3 for London-based Avanti Communications.

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

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the AMOS-17 spacecraft on Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019. Hopefully, there won't be any further delays in the launch, thought the forecast for the area later today says there could be a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Amos-17 is 6.5-ton high-power, HTS, whose payload has been created to meet the demand of the African continent, though it will also have connectivity to the Middle East, Europe, India, China and as far west as Brazil. The company did not land the Falcon 9 booster for this mission, devoting the fuel that would have been used for a recovery instead to placing the 6,500-kilogram satellite into orbit. Amos-17 is set to replace Amos-5 satellite launched in 2011.

AMOS-17 will provide Ka-band, Ku-band and High Throughput in C-Band (HTS) communications in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. (The corporate was within the course of of conducting a pre-launch static fireplace take a look at when the rocket exploded.) On the time, SpaceX carried out its static fireplace assessments with the payload hooked up to the rocket, a follow the corporate has since stopped. ULA is scheduled to launch an Atlas V rocket carrying a military communications satellite Thursday.

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