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Israel’s Spacecom is looking for US$50 million or a free flight in compensation for the loss of its AMOS-6 satellite, following the Space X Falcon 9 rocket explosion in Florida on 1 September.

Amos SpacecomCustomers of the lost satellite, reportedly worth $200 million, included Bezeq’s satellite pay-TV service Yes and Facebook. The latter had hoped to utilise satellite capacity to improve Internet access in sub-Saharan Africa.

Israel’s largest telecommunications provider Bezeq said Yes’ direct broadcasting services will continue immediately unaffected, using capacity on the older AMOS-2 (which AMOS-6 was set to replace) and AMOS-3 satellites. However, should a replacement to AMOS-6 not be found, it may have to remove some providers, the company said.

Yes and Spacecom are now reported to be searching for additional space segments beyond those guaranteed it in the event of the failure of the AMOS-6 satellite.

“The rocket launcher belongs to Space X and they are responsible for all that happens to it, including fuelling,” Spacecom CEO David Pollack told Haaretz. “I assume it will take time until we discover exactly what happened here, but as I know SpaceX, they have so many sensors and cameras that the examination will be relatively quick — a few days.”

In addition for any potential compensation for its failed launch, Spacecom reportedly claims the satellite’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, is obliged to give it a full refund for AMOS-6.

The company says it is also working to keep its proposed merger with China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group on track. In August Xinwei agreed to buy Spacecom for $285 million, but conditioned the deal on the successful launch of AMOS-6.

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES may now face delays to the launch of its SES-10 satellite with Space X, which had been scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.