SOURCE: Space Communication Ltd.

April 28, 2008 09:56 ET

AMOS-3 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - Spacecom (TELAVIV: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that its newest satellite, AMOS-3, has been successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan. AMOS-3 roared into the atmosphere onboard a Zenit-3SLB launcher this morning at 08.00 Israel local time (05.00 GMT). The launcher's first and second stages have already been successfully separated. The last stage will be separated a few hours after the launch, and AMOS-3 will unfold its solar panels and main antenna and begin communicating with its ground-control station. Within the following weeks, AMOS-3 will undergo a series of comprehensive in-orbit tests, after which Israel Aerospace Industries will deliver it in its final orbital position to Spacecom.

"The successful launch of AMOS-3 is a significant milestone for Spacecom and for our partners who have contributed to this multi-year effort," said Spacecom President and CEO David Pollack. "The satellite will offer customers extended coverage and services over its target regions and will enhance operations and drive revenue."

AMOS-3 will be co-located at the 4°W orbital slot, where it will join AMOS-1 and AMOS-2. This satellite constellation will enable a more powerful communications, broadcast and broadband services for Central Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as providing a communications bridge between the Middle East and the Eastern U.S.

AMOS-3 will offer additional capacity, expanded coverage areas, and advanced capabilities, such as two wideband Ka-band beams of up to 500 MHz each and 12 Ku band 72 MHz transponders with steerable beams for global coverage. The new satellite's steerable beams will provide global coverage and the flexibility to meet the changing needs of Spacecom customers.

Israel Aerospace Industries, through its MBT Space Division, led the AMOS-3 design and production, which was completed in only two and a half years.


Space Communication Ltd. (Spacecom) is the operator of the AMOS satellites, which provide high-quality broadcast and communication services to Europe, the Middle East, and the Atlantic bridge to the United States. The AMOS satellite constellation, consisting of AMOS-3, AMOS-1 and AMOS-2 co-located at the prime orbital position of 4°W, serves Direct-To-Home and other Television platforms in Europe and the Middle East, as well as providing a secure and stable transmission to government agencies. The extensive signal strength and prime location makes the AMOS platform particularly suitable for DBS and DTH operators, as well as a wide range of broadcasters, ISPs, telecommunications operators, and network integrators with Internet, voice, data and digital TV services.

Based in Israel, Spacecom is traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) as SCC. Its major shareholders are Eurocom, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), General Satellite Services Co. (GSSC) and Mer Services Group.

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