Amos-3 (AMOS 3) is an Israeli telecommunications communications satellite of the Amos series, developed by the Israeli Aerospace Industries concern and launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 28, 2008 using the Zenit-3SLB launch vehicle  .
|Satellite||Of the earth|
|Launch vehicle||Zenit-3SLБ |
|Launch||April 28, 2008 05:00 UTC|
|Weight||1270 kg |
communication equipment: 250 kg
|The term of active existence||15 years|
|Elements of the orbit|
|Standing point||4 ° C d.|
|Transponders||Ku-band : 15|
|Coverage area||Middle East , Europe , Africa|
This is the first launch of the Zenit rocket from the ground-based spaceport as part of the Ground Launch program. Previously, this missile was used only as part of the Sea Launch program ( Sea Launch ) and launched from the Odyssey floating platform from the Pacific Ocean. According to the plan, the satellite was supposed to be launched in the morning of April 24, but as a result of technical problems at the launch site, the launch was delayed. The launch took place on April 28, 2008.
Amos-3 is to be replaced by the spent Amos-1 satellite, launched in May 1996 . The new spacecraft, created in Israel, is designed to provide high-quality communications and broadband data transmission in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, as well as in parts of the Americas.
Made by the Israeli company IAI ("Israel Aircraft Industries"). For the creation of Amos-3, a team of 100 people worked for three years. Customer - Halal Tikshoret company (IAI Srasesom). Presently [ when? ] The company, whose main shareholders are Eurocom Ahzakot and the Aviation Industry Concern (TAA), reports that it has concluded contracts for leasing 76% of the satellite’s capacity.
The satellite is equipped with four broadcast antennas, two of which can be controlled from the Earth. Carries 250 kg of communication equipment. Thanks to the installed 15 transponders , Amos-3 will expand the coverage area of Ku-band transponders .
The cost of the device is 170 million dollars . Weight - 1270 kg. Estimated service life - 15 years.
- EROS-A1 (KA)