Israel’s Amos-2 communications satellite will be launched into space in a month in a multi-national effort.
A French launch-partner company announced that the satellite was recently brought aboard a Russian cargo plane to a Kazakhstan launching site. A crew is now engaged in fitting and adapting the satellite to the Russian launcher.
Amos-2 is a second-generation communications satellite built by Israel Aircraft Industries. The Amos-1, launched seven years ago, serves radio and television stations in Israel (including Arutz-7), Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. The more advanced Amos-2, co-located at 4 degrees West longitude with Amos-1, will offer hot beam coverage of Europe and the Middle East, cross-strapped to accommodate direct access from eastern United States.