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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 loaded with Israel’s AMOS-17

“Falcon 9 launches AMOS-17 off Pad 40 in Florida, marking this booster’s third flight and SpaceX’s 25th reflight of an orbit class rocket,” the company said on Twitter.

The rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 23:24 GMT on Tuesday. Amos-17 is set to replace Amos-5 satellite launched in 2011.

Communication with Amos-5 was lost in 2015. Amos-17, built by Boeing, will provide Ka, Ku and C-band signal transmission and expand Israeli communications satellite operator Spacecom’s coverage in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

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