AMOS-3, also known as AMOS-60 is an Israeli communications satellite operated by Spacecom.

AMOS-3 (AMOS-60)
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2008-022A
SATCAT no.32794
Mission duration18 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Thales Alenia Space
Launch mass1,250 kg (2,760 lb)[1]
Power1700 W[2]
Start of mission
Launch date28 April 2008, 05:00 (2008-04-28UTC05Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 45/1
ContractorLand Launch
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric


The satellite is powered by twin solar panels, and is based on the Israeli AMOS bus. It replaced AMOS-1 in geosynchronous orbit at 4°W. AMOS-3 carries fifteen Ku/Ka-band transponders, and is expected to have an on-orbit lifetime of 18 years.

It was launched atop the maiden flight of the Zenit-3SLB rocket, the first launch contracted by the Land Launch organisation.

The launch was originally scheduled to occur in 2007, and later March 2008, however this was delayed until 24 April 2008. The launch attempt on 24 April 2008 was scrubbed for "technical reasons".[3] This was later determined to be a problem with the erector/transporter system, which had failed to retract and move away from the rocket.

Amos 3 lifted-off from LC-45/1 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 08:00 UTC on 28 April 2008.[4]

See also


  1. Kribs, Gunter Dirk (2016-04-17). "AMOS 3 (AMOS 60)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  2. "AMOS3 Communications Satellite". IAI. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  3. "Spaceflight Now - Tracking Station - Worldwide launch schedule". Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  4. "; Video shows how AMOS-3 communications satellite was sent into orbit". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-28.

Further reading

  • Gunter Krebs (2008-04-09). "Amos 3 (Amos 60)". Gunter's Space Page. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-09.

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