Fifth Israeli communications satellite launched into space

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A fifth Israeli commercial communications satellite has been launched into space.

The Amos 4 satellite, operated by the Israeli company Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd, was launched from Kazakhstan on Saturday night.

The satellite will operate as a remote transmission and broadcast hub.

It was built by Israel Aerospace Industries for $365 million.

It successfully separated from the final part of its launcher on Sunday morning and its systems are operational, according to reports. The satellite will take two weeks to reach its final orbit. It will provide communications services over a wide area, including Russia, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

“There are very few countries in the world that can congratulate themselves on such an achievement,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday of the launch.

A sixth satellite is scheduled to be launched next year.