Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently in advanced stages of development of an innovative communications satellite named AMOS-E which weighs about half the weight of other communications satellites in the market today. AMOS-E's life expectancy is about 15 years, and its projected weight will be about 1.5-2 tons. The satellite is designed to provide a range of communication services to different customers, such as broadband Internet, TV and more.
AMOS-E will perform maneuvers in space with an electric propulsion system. This innovative propulsion system is more efficient and smaller compared with chemical propulsion systems, used by most communications satellites. This technology enables reducing the satellite's weight by half, thus lowering launch costs, and making it more attractive to customers who want an affordable communications satellite with similar capabilities to those of larger and more expensive satellites.
Opher Doron, IAI's Space Division General Manager said: "We invest tremendous knowledge and great thought in renewing and refreshing our array of satellites in order to maintain our lead in space systems. The product line which will be based on AMOS-E allows IAI to enter new market segments in the field of communications satellites and to offer complete satellite operation capabilities at a competitive price. The new satellite is generating great interest among potential customers."