AMC 15 [Lockheed Martin]
The AMC-15 communications payload features twenty four 36 MHz Ku-band transponders and 12 intermediate frequency (IF) processed Ka-band spot beams which will be deployed in a pattern taking advantage of frequency re-use while eliminating interference between and among the beams. The satellite became operational in late 2004.
AMC-16 was developed as an identical ground spare. The new hybrid Ku/Ka-band spacecraft expands SES AMERICOM's fleet of satellites, which provide global distribution of cable, broadcast television and radio, telecommunications services, business television and broadband data.
Both satellites are completely leased to Echostar.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Equipment:||24 Ku-band transponders, 12 Ka-band transponder|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||4021 kg (#15); 4065 kg (#16)|
|AMC 15||14.10.2004||TB LC-200/39||Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.1)|
|AMC 16||17.12.2004||CC SLC-41||Atlas-5(521)|