March 26, 2018 – Spacecom announced it has chosen SSL to build its AMOS-8 advanced communications satellite. The satellite will deliver state-of-the-art broadcast, broadband and data services from Spacecom’s 4°degrees West ‘hot spot’ to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. AMOS-8 will include flexible high power Ku-band and Ka-band payloads with steerable antennas to enable customers to deliver various added value services. The satellite is designed to provide service for a minimum of 15 years, and is based on the world’s most popular commercial communications satellite platform – the SSL 1300 – which has the capability to support a broad range of advanced applications and technologies. The AMOS-8 geostationary communications satellite will be co-located with AMOS-3. A contract option has been signed between Spacecom and SpaceX for AMOS-8’s scheduled launch in the second half of 2020.