Falcon 9 v1.2 • Amos-6

 

Mission of Israeli satellite Amos-6 is planned in the time period from January to March. Launch was moved from 2015 and it is possible, that it will be postponed for mid-2016. Amos-6 is a communication satellite designed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and operated by Spacecom. It will replace Amos-2 which operational life will end in 2017. It is equipped with electric propulsion manufactured by Thales Alenia Space. Amos-6 weighs about 5500 kg; communication will be provided by 45 Ku, Ka and S band transponders. Estimated operational life is at 16 years. 9 kW of required power will be provided by two deployable solar arrays. Launch service provider, SpaceX, is going to utilize 1.2 version of Falcon-9 rocket, which will probably become a standard after replacing 1.1 version.

UPDATE:02/09/2016: Launch cancelled due the explosion of Falcon with Amos on atop before fire test on September 1, 2016.