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AMC 15, 16

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: SES Americom
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 24 Ku-band transponders, 12 Ka-band transponder
Configuration: A2100AXS
Propulsion: LEROS-1C
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4021 kg (#15); 4065 kg (#16)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AMC 15 2004-041A 14.10.2004 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.1)
AMC 16 2004-048A 17.12.2004 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(521)
Further GE / AMC / AAP missions: