Spacecom’s Amos-3 satellite loses use of backup star tracker; main unit functioning, operations not affected

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Spacecom said the backup star tracker on its Amos-3 satellite had been taken out of service following an anomaly, but that the other tracker was functioning normally and satellite operations were not affected.

Amos-3, built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was launched in 2008 and is expected to operate until around 2027 owing to its being launched directly into geostationary orbit.

Operating from 4 degrees West, Amos-3 is Spacecom’s biggest revenue generator and as of June 30 . . .

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