GE-5 → AMC-5
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorGE Americom (1998–2001)
SES Americom (2001–2009)
SES World Skies (2009–2011)
SES S.A. (2011-2014)
COSPAR ID1998-063B
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Mission duration15 years, 6 months
Spacecraft properties
BusSpacebus 2000
Launch mass1,698 kilograms (3,743 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date28 October 1998, 22:15:00 (1998-10-28UTC22:15Z) UTC
RocketAriane 44L
Launch siteKourou ELA-2
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
Deactivated17 May 2014 (2014-05-18)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude79° West
Perigee altitude35,777 kilometres (22,231 mi)
Apogee altitude35,796 kilometres (22,243 mi)
Inclination0.03 degrees
Band16 J band (IEEE Ku band)

The AMC-5, originally called GE-5, was a geosynchronous direct-broadcast satellite located at 79 degrees west longitude, operated by SES Americom in the Ku band. It was used by a variety of television customers, including being home to the CBS Newspath service.[1]

The satellite was retired and moved to a graveyard orbit on 17 May 2014 after 15 years of service.[2]

Payload & Specifications

AMC-5 Horizontal Transponders On Scope

Spacecraft design: Alcatel Spacebus 2000
Orbital location: 79°W
Launch Date: October 28, 1998
Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Design life: 15 years
Band: Ku band Ku-band payload: 16 x 54 MHz
Transponder type: TWTA, 55-watt
Transponder redundancy: 11 for 8
Receiver redundancy: 4 for 2
Coverage: CONUS, Southern Canada, Northern Mexico[3]


  1. ^ "AMC-5" (PDF). CBS Newspath. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  2. ^ SatCom Law LLC (2014-05-23). "Retirement of AMC-5 (Call Sign S2156), File No. SAT-MOD-20130325-00054" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ "AMC-5". SES. Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2013-10-29.