SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

Israel's Spacecom still loves Elon enough to also pay for future launch

Remember this? It's what happened last time SpaceX tried to launch something for Spacecom

Spacecom and SpaceX have settled their differences over a burned satellite. The Israeli company has once again signed Elon Musk's company for launch services.

Spacecom has told the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange it expects to use SpaceX for a launch in 2019, and possibly a further launch in 2020.

Their relationship looked doomed after a spectacular Falcon 9 launch failure in 2016 destroyed a Spacecom satellite built to help Facebook take over those parts of the world not yet under Mark Zuckerberg's loving gaze.

Spacecom demanded at least a free ride by way of compensation, and that's pretty much what it got.

The company said the 2019 launch of AMOS-17 cost will be completely covered by credits from last year's AMOS-6 fireworks show.

AMOS-17 is being built by Boeing to replace another Spacecom bird, AMOS-5, which failed in 2015 after an electrical fault.

That issue left Spacecom renting space from AsiaSat to get a footprint over Africa.

If all goes well, a reused Falcon 9 will hoist AMOS-6's replacement, AMOS-8, in 2020. ®


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