Launch of Amos 3 satellite rescheduled for Monday

The new Amos 3 communications satellite will be launched from Kazakhstan at 8 a.m. Israel time on Monday morning, Israel radio has reported. This comes after last week's delay of the launch due to technical difficulties. The satellite, which will join the Amos 1 and 2 in space, will provide high-quality broadcasting and communications services to Europe, the Middle East and the east coast of the United States. The satellite was built by IAI's MBT Space Division and is being launched to replace the Amos 1, which was initially intended to last 11 years in space but has already been orbiting earth for 12 years. The satellite has a predicted lifespan of 18 years and will carry a 250 kg payload in comparison to 160 kg for other Amos satellites. The launch is scheduled for April 24 from the Baikonur missile launch site in Kazakhstan.