Israel Aircraft Industries' AMOS 2 Communications Satellite Launched Successfully and on its Way to Final Orbital Slot
Jan 4, 2004
"We receive data from the satellite showing all systems are in order, but it will take a few more days before we will be able to declare that the mission is a complete success," says Itzhak Nissan, IAI's Corporate VP and General Manager Systems Missiles & Space Group
(Last update - January 4, 2004):
AMOS 2 communications satellite is on its way to its final orbital slot at 4 degrees West. All satellite systems andIAI control room after the sucessful launch of AMOS 2 communication satellitesubsystems are working properly, and the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) operations are progressing as planned and on schedule.
The AMOS 2 communications satellite, manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s MBT Space Division was launched into orbit on December 27th, 2003, at 23:30 Israel time, by the Soyuz launch vehicle, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The launch operation was conducted by Starsem, a French-Russian venture for space launching.
Exactly 6 hours and 47 minutes after the launch (December 28th, 2003, at 06:17 Israel time), AMOS 2 separated from the launcher's fourth stage, the Fregat. After the separation, control of the satellite was passed to the AMOS Control Station located at the premises of MBT Space, and first activities designed to ensure the proper operation of the satellite began. The first three stages of the Soyuz launcher accelerated the launcher's cruise speed to 8 km per second and inserted the satellite into an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
Upon its arrival at GTO, AMOS 2 deployed its communication antenna and solar array system. The satellite's Apogee Boost Motor (ABM) was operated twice (on Dec. 29th and 31 th, 2003), and raised the satellite's cruise orbit.
During the next five days, the ABM is scheduled to be operated twice more. After that, the satellite will enter an almost final orbit, and will move approximately 0.2 degrees per day, and will reach its final orbital slot (4 degrees West) in 7 days. Then it will undergo the In-Orbit Tests (IOT) stage, during which the satellite's communication payload will be tested.
Itzhak Nissan, IAI's Corporate VP and General Manager Missiles Systems & Space Group, said that: "We receive data from the satellite showing all systems are in order, but it will take a few more days before we will be able to declare that the mission is a complete success. The satellite's trajectory into space by the Soyuz launcher was accurate, and the satellite's electrical systems, steering control, antenna, and temperature control all function properly."
AMOS 2 communication satellite will provide a wide range of broadcast and communication services, such as: Direct To Home (DTH) television distribution, TV distribution to cable companies, distribution of Internet services, and data transmission to communication networks.
The AMOS 2 satellite is based on the AMOS 1 platform, with new technological improvements. Modifications were introduced in order to meet customer mission requirements, regarding mainly the performance of the communications payload (operated in the Ku frequency band), the number of active transponders and its output power and service areas.
AMOS 2 will provide services over three service areas: Israel and the Middle East, Europe, and the East Coast of the U.S.A.
For further information, please contact:
Deputy Corp. VP for Communications
Tel: 972 (3) 935-8509
Fax: 972 (3) 935-8512
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