It will be launched on board a Space-X Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. It will be co-located with Amos-2 and Amos-3 at 4 degrees East and provide much-needed capacity following the demise of Amos-5.
The new satellite will provide services to Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Its Ka-band beams have been selected by Facebook to be the satellite backbone of its initiative to bring broadband Internet to Sub Sahara Africa with Eutelsat.
Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack, said, “We are excited by Amos-6. It will expand our European coverage throughout all of the continent with a new Pan-European beam and with its HTS Ka-band spot beams, the satellite will take us into new markets and provide tremendous services to our clients.”
Amos-6’s 39 Ku-band segments and 24 Ka-band beams will provide a wide array of services. The new satellite will be larger than Amos-2 and Amos-3 combined and will incorporate new technologies such as High Throughput Ka-band spot beams for improved broadband internet access. The Ka-band spot beams will cover Europe and Africa as well as Ku-band technologies for new and existing clients.