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AMC 9 [Alcatel]

SES Americom's AMC-9 (ordered as GE 12 by GE Americom) was constructed on Alcatel's highly reliable Spacebus-3000B3 platform – over 30 spacecraft based on this platform are in service.

The spacecraft features twenty-four 36 MHz C-band transponders and twenty-four 36 MHz Ku-band transponders, providing service into the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean from 79 W orbital location.

In June 2017, AMC-9 suffered a severe anomaly, which caused the satellite to slowly drift from its position at 83 west and needed the transfer of the customers to other satellites. Several fragments were observed after the anomaly. Communications were reestablished on 1 July. The operator tries to move the satellite to a graveyard orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: SES Americom
Contractors: Alcatel Space
Equipment: 24 C-Band and 24 Ku-Band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-3000B3
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4100 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AMC 9 (ex GE 12 ?) 2003-024A 06.06.2003 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-K Briz-M
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