IAI: Amos-6 failure sent message to Israeli government on satellite autonomy

by Peter B. de Selding

LE BOURGET, France — The Sept. 1 destruction of the Amos-6 telecommunications satellite in a SpaceX Falcon 9 on-pad explosion may have been the wake-up call the Israeli government needed to secure a future for its domestic satellite industry, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Chief Executive Joseph Weiss said.

In a June 20 interview here at the Paris Air Show, Weiss said a new Israeli government policy — still not confirmed — is in the making that would assure the production of a telecommunications satellite every three or four years.

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