Israel’s Knesset Subcommittee on Space says restarting satellite program must be made a national priority
after the loss of Amos-5 & Amos-6 satellites, leaving Israel with only 2 working communication satellites.
Israel will have only two communications satellites in space in 2017, but it needs to maintain four satellites in orbit, a new report by the Knesset Subcommittee on Space said.
The panel, reporting to the Knesset Science and Technology Committee, was set up following the loss of the Amos-5 and Amos-6 communications satellites.
AMOS 6 explodes Sept. 1, 2016 – YouTube Screenshot
Communications with Amos-5 was lost in November 2015, while Amos-6 was destroyed in Sept. Continue Reading »
The joint venture initiated by Facebook’s Internet.org includes the Israeli company Spacecom, and French satellite provider Eutelsat, bringing internet access to millions of Africans who aren’t currently connected.
By Alexander J. Apfel, Tazpit Press Service
An Israeli space company, Spacecom, is developing its newest satellite for Facebook and French satellite provider Eutelsat, in a venture intended to supply free Internet to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.
AMOS-6 satellite made at Israel Aerospace Industries – Facebook Photo
The project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-for-profit initiative of providing affordable or free Internet to countries with limited or no access to what founder, Mark Zuckerberg describes as “the knowledge economy.” Continue Reading »