|Mission duration||18 years (planned)|
Thales Alenia Space
|Launch mass||1,250 kg (2,760 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 April 2008, 05:00UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 45/1|
The satellite is powered by twin solar panels, and is based on the Israeli AMOS bus. It replaced Amos-1 in geosynchronous orbit at 4°W. Amos-3 carries fifteen Ku/Ka-band transponders, and is expected to have an on-orbit lifetime of 18 years.
The launch was originally scheduled to occur in 2007, and later March 2008, however this was delayed until 24 April 2008. The launch attempt on 24 April 2008 was scrubbed for "technical reasons". This was later determined to be a problem with the erector/transporter system, which had failed to retract and move away from the rocket.