The Amos-17 satellite built on the 702 satellite platform of Boeing will be able to provide affordable internet access and other communications services to underserved parts of Africa as well as Europe and the Middle East.
The space electronics was launched from Cape Canaveral and should enter service in a few months after on-orbit tests and then will move to its final position over Africa.
AMOS-17 will be able to deliver television, internet and data services to a potential market comprising hundreds of millions of people in its coverage regions. The multi-band AMOS-17 satellite, with both fixed and steerable beams, can provide continual service to long-term customers while moving bandwidth to accommodate short-term demand for high capacity throughput, for example, during special events or natural disasters.
“AMOS-17 is packed with innovations so that it can support many challenging missions,” said Chris Johnson, president, Boeing satellite Systems, International, Inc. “We are proud to support Spacecom in their use of satellite technology to bring services, promote economic development and forster a greater sense of connection to people around the world.”
David Pollack, CEO and president of Spacecom, said, “Working with the Boeing team is a remarkable experience. The shared commitment to AMOS-17’s performance and advanced digital payload package and meeting our tight time and resource goals is a tremendous win for the Boeing team. We look forward to successfully completing our joint mission when AMOS-17 commences operations.”