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AMC 23 → GE 23 → Eutelsat 172A

AMC 23 [Alcatel]

This series of satellites based on the new generation Spacebus-4000C3 platform has been originally ordered by GE-Americom as GE 1i, 2i, 3i, 4i and 2E. They were renamed to AMC after SES took over Americom and some were cancelled in this process.

AMC-13 was originally ordered as GE 2i. In early 2004, AMC 13 was transferred to Worldsat LLC, a new subsidiary of SES Americom as Worldsat 3. The original AMC-13 was to features 60 C-Band transponders, but when transferred to Worldsat, it was ordered to be changed to the hybrid C-/Ku-band payload with 18 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders. In early 2005 it was renamed AMC 23.

In 2007 the satellite was spun-off from SES Americom to SAT-GE, when General Electric split off from SES. After this transaction, the satellite was renamed GE 23.

Eutelsat has announced in June 2012 the acquisiton of GE-23 satellite from GE-Satellite. The satellite is renamed to Eutelsat 172A and expands Eutelsat coverage to Asia-Pacific region and West Coast of United States of America. The satellite had at that time an estimated lifespan of 8.5 years.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: SES Americom → Sat-GE
Contractors: Alcatel Alenia Space (formerly Alcatel Space)
Equipment: 18 (+4) C-band transponders, 20 (+6) Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-4000C3
Propulsion: S400, 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 16 years
Mass: 4981 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AMC 23 (ex Worldsat 3 ex AMC 13 ex GE 2i) → GE 23 → Eutelsat 172A 2005-052A 29.12.2005 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.1)
Further GE / AMC / AAP missions:
Further Worldsat missions:
Further Eutelsat missions: