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Redundant Satellite-based Data Line to Control AMOS 5

The state-run Russian Space Communications Company have won the tender for setting up a redundant satellite-based data line to back up control of the AMOS 5 satellite. 

The tender was held by Reshetnev ISS, the satellite manufacturer.  The subject matter of the agreement to be signed by RSCC and ISS as a follow-up to the tender shall be setting up and maintaining a redundant satellite-based data line to be used for controlling the Israeli AMOS 5 satellite.

Subject to the tender terms and conditions the new satellite line is scheduled to start its service life on 1 August 2011 with the end of service life to occur on 30 April 2012.  This service life period will be open to subsequent extension.