AMC-1

Summary

AMC-1
NamesGE-1 (1996-2001)
AMC-1 (2001-present)
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorGE Americom (1996-01)
SES Americom (2001-09)
SES World Skies (2009-11)
SES (2011-present)
COSPAR ID1996-054A
SATCAT no.24315
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
BusA2100A
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass2,783 kilograms (6,135 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateSeptember 8, 1996, 21:49:01 (1996-09-08UTC21:49:01Z) UTC[1]
RocketAtlas IIA AC-123
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-36B
ContractorInternational Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude131° west
Perigee altitude35,778 kilometres (22,231 mi)
Apogee altitude35,806 kilometres (22,249 mi)
Inclination0.07 degrees
Period23.93 hours
EpochOctober 29, 2013, 07:36:56 UTC[2]
 

AMC-1 was a geosynchronous communications satellite operated by SES S.A., as part of the AMC fleet acquired from GE Americom in 2001. It was a hybrid C Band/Ku band spacecraft currently located at 103° west, serving the US, Mexico, Caribbean and Canada.

AMC-1 was replaced by the newer SES-3 satellite on July 15, 2011.

Specifications

C-band payload: 24 x 36 MHz
Amp type: SSPA, 12- to 18-watt (adjustable)
Amp redundancy: 16 for 12
Receiver redundancy: 4 for 2
Coverage: CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada
Ku-band payload: 24 x 36 MHz
Amp type: TWTA, 60-watt
Amp redundancy: 18 for 12
Receiver redundancy: 4 for 2
Coverage: CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, Northern Mexico, Southern Canada[3]

References

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "AMC-1 (GE-1) Satellite details 1996-054A NORAD 24315". N2YO. October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "AMC-1". SES. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.