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Israel’s Spacecom Satellite Communications which operates the Amos fleet of communication satellites says that its Amos-5 craft is a total loss.
The satellite failed on Nov 21st and all attempts to communicate with it have failed.
Amos-5 is insured for some $158 million, and Dec 15 saw the company make a statement to the Tel Aviv stock exchange that it would be making a claim to the insurers. Spacecom expects the insurance payment to be made within 3 months.
Local experts suggest that the satellite suffered a total failure of its power supply systems.
As for Amos-5 itself it is drifting silently in space as an uncontrolled ‘Zombie’ satellite.