IAI is the one that built the satellite at a cost of 200 million dollars
The Aerospace Industry, the company that built the Amos 6 communications satellite that exploded today on its launcher at the launch pad of the SpaceX company in Cape Canaveral, Florida, issued a first response following the explosion in which the Amos 6 satellite was lost:
"The Amos 6 communication satellite is the largest and most advanced ever built in the State of Israel, by Israel Aerospace Industries for a space company. The construction of the satellite was finished a long time ago and it was moved to the launch site for the purpose of integration with the launcher of the SpaceX company with which the space company contracted. We are sorry for the loss of the satellite due to the failure of the SpaceX launcher and we are at the service of the space company in any matter. The field of communication satellites is strategic for the aerospace industry and for the State of Israel and we hope that the state will continue to act in favor of preserving knowledge in the field and continuing the production of Israeli communication satellites."
Today there were no statements from the aerospace industry, but for years they have been warning about the aerospace industry's dependence on a single customer, long before the explosion.
"The deal to purchase the Internet capacity of the Amos 6 satellite, which is currently being built in the aerospace industry for the Space Communications company by Facebook, testifies to the ability to manufacture satellites in Israel - but it is still in danger of being closed. The future of the Israeli satellite industry is shrouded in fog." This is what Ofer Doron, CEO of the Aerospace Industry's Mabat Space plant, says in an interview with the website Hidan: "The European and US governments are investing huge capital in the development of communication satellites that are then used by their operators, the State of Israel is not really investing. The situation is very difficult to the point of questioning this ability. I hope that we will be able to launch in the near future with Amos 7. If not, it will be very difficult to maintain the ability to produce satellites. From this point of view, the news of the purchase of Amos 6's internet capacity is good news, but despite this, there is a big shadow hanging over us of the closing of the capacity. We are definitely at a crossroads."
Doron also said similar things at the annual Ilan Ramon space conference In January 2016 "We are not able to realize even the small budget of the Israeli Space Agency. We need to leverage the great achievements of the military space programs for civilian applications and for the budgets to support dual use. Without a civilian permit mechanism, as is customary in the world, it simply won't work. It is impossible to create a civilian space without permits."
Previous news on the topic on the science website:
- SpaceX first response: the explosion of the Falcon 9 and Amos 6 happened due to an anomaly in the launch pad, and not in the rocket itself
- Explosion at the SPACEX launch pad at Cape Canaveral * Prof. Ben Israel: the Amos 6 satellite was destroyed