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SpaceX to retry satellite launch

20 Octobre 2017

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has selected SpaceX to launch a new satellite in the second quarter of 2019, and potentially another satellite the year after. The incident threw a wrench in Beijing Xinwei Technology Group's plans to acquire Spacecom and also dashed Facebook's hopes of using the satellite to provide internet access in Africa.

The cost of the launch will be fully covered by credits from the unfulfilled launch, Spacecom said.

Richard Chirgwin of The Register infosite is reporting that Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a destroyed satellite - the Israeli company has, once again, signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.

Spacecom demanded a free launch after SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded at the Cape Canaveral launch centre in Florida previous year during a routine pre-flight test.

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Amos 6 was destroyed in a major explosion during a test firing of the Space X rocket at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in September 2016.

Spacecom said it would aim to launch a second satellite with the company in 2020.

Amos 17 is not meant to replace that lost satellite, but rather Amos 5, a satellite covering all of Africa that Spacecom lost contact with in 2015.