The loss of Amos-6

A setback or an opportunity?

By BARBARA OPALL-ROME
September 22, 2016 16:40
2 minute read.
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Amos-6. (photo credit: ISRAEL SPACE AGENCY)

Israel’s remote sensing industry will remain in business indefinitely, due to the strategic need for spies in space, but the communications satellite (ComSat) sector is a different story.

Absent a new government policy and sufficient multiyear funding, the Amos-6 satellite that exploded earlier this month in Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a Space-X launcher could very well be the last of the ComSats produced by state-owned IAI.

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