Spacecom fixes Amos 5 power problem

November 1, 2013 09.53 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Amos MCRSpacecom has resolved a power supply issue that had threatened to shorten the lifespan of the recently launched Amos 5 satellite by some 11 months.

The Israeli satellite operator says it has found alternative means to operate the satellite’s engines that would make it possible to bypass the power supply.

A breakdown in the second power supply had left only half of the craft’s eight engines operational.

Shares in Spacecom regained some of the losses felt in the immediate period following the initial declaration of the problem one week ago, but remain 20% down on the year.

Amos 5 launched on December 11, 2011 after the late delivery of the satellite by manufacturer Russian Information Satellite Systems.

The satellite has a pan-African C-band and Ku-band payload. It is positioned at 17 degrees East.