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AMC 23 → GE 23 → Eutelsat 172A → Eutelsat 174A

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.

After Eutelsat 172B had replaced it, Eutelsat 172A was moved to 174 East and renamed Eutelsat 174A

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 → Eutelsat 174A 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: