Space Exploration Technologies may have only launched four of the Hawthorne-Calif., based company’s Falcon 9 rockets, but that hasn’t stopped customers in search of an affordable launch vehicle from tapping the company’s latest offering to send their payloads to orbit. The latest of these companies is Space Communications Ltd., a firm based out of Israel.
SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 to power Spacecom’s AMOS-6 communications satellite into geosynchronous (GEO) transfer orbit. SpaceX signed 14 contracts in 2012, assuring their position as the fastest-growing company providing in the launch industry.
“We are excited to partner with SpaceX and its tremendous team. AMOS-6 will be larger and stronger than AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 combined, and signals a new age for Spacecom,” said David Pollack, President and CEO of Spacecom. “As we establish our position as a global satellite operator providing more services and capacity, AMOS-6 will be a key element of our business strategy and future.”
If all goes according to plan, SpaceX will launch AMOS-6 in 2015 from the company’s launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
“This last year has been one of great success and tremendous growth,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. “Spacecom was one of our earliest supporters. SpaceX is proud to be their partner and we look forward to launching their AMOS-6 satellite.”