Amos 6 – just in time for the Israeli space industry

On my blog I have mentioned more than once that the Israeli space industry needs “miracles” to survive, because the state does very little to preserve and upgrade it.

Such a “miracle” came to pass this week, when Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was selected to build Amos 6 – Israel’s new communication satellite.

Amos 6 is expected to replace the Amos 2 satellite in the 4 West orbital slot.

The contract being granted to IAI is even more meaningful after the contract to build Amos 5 went to a Russian company.

The Amos 6 contract comes at a very crucial moment for the Israeli space industry – one of great achievements with very limited budgets.

Israel has become a member of the “space club” – mainly because it needed capabilities in space that could not be purchased outside its boundaries.

Even the USA, Israel’s big ally, limited the space capabilities it made available to Israel.

Hundreds of millions of dollars was invested in the capabilities of Israel’s spy satellites. The result – Israel has an array of very advanced spy satellites, and is developing more advanced ones.

But one factor was not taken into account – Israeli satellites last longer than expected, and that slowed down the pace of new manufacturing.

This caused “covert unemployment” in the main facilities that develop and make satellites.

The engineers and technicians, mainly at the space division of IAI, find themselves working in a very frustrating atmosphere.

This new contract will allow IAI and other Israeli space-related industries to function at a reasonable level and be a little more relaxed as the government looks to make the right decisions about the industry.


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