AMC-7

Summary

AMC-7
Mission typeCommunications[1]
OperatorSES S.A.
COSPAR ID2000-054B
SATCAT no.26495Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration15 years (design life)[2][3]
Spacecraft properties
BusA2100A[4]
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass1,983 kilograms (4,372 lb)[2]
Start of mission
Launch dateSeptember 14, 2000, 22:54 (2000-09-14UTC22:54Z) UTC[1][2]
RocketAriane 5G[2]
Launch siteKourou ELA-3[1][2]
ContractorArianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude135° West[3]
Perigee altitude35,781.0 kilometres (22,233.3 mi)[5]
Apogee altitude35,805.7 kilometres (22,248.6 mi)[5]
Inclination0 degrees[5]
Period1436.1 minutes[5]
Transponders
Band24 C band[3]
Frequency36 MHz
Coverage areaNorth America[3]
 

AMC-7 is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by SES S.A., originally from the GE Americom fleet. Launched on September 14, 2000, from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, AMC-7 provides C band coverage to North America, Hawaii, the Caribbean islands and most of Mexico, and is located in a geostationary orbit over the Pacific Ocean east of Hawaii. The satellite is primarily used for cable television programming distribution.[6][3]

In 2015 the satellite was taken out of commercial service and moved from 137° West to 135° West longitude, where it now serves as a backup to AMC-10.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c "NSSDC Master Catalog: GE 7". NASA.gov. April 2, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Krebs, Gunter (May 7, 2008). "GE 7, 8 / AMC 7, 8, 10, 11, 18 (Aurora 3)". Skyrocket.de. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "SatBeams - Satellite Details - AMC 7 (GE 7)". Satbeams. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. ^ "Satellite Manufacturing Special" (PDF). Satellite-evolution.com. September–October 2004. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d "AMC-7 (GE-7) Satellite details". N2YO.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "Satellite Data". SES-Worldskies.com. 2009. Archived from the original on June 5, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2009.

External links

  • AMC-7 website
  • C-band Americas Beam footprint(s) at SatBeams
  • AMC-7 information at LyngSat