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GE 1, 2, 3 / AMC 1, 2, 3

GE 1 [Lockheed Martin]

GE-1 is owned by GE Americom and is a continuation of the old RCA/GE Satcom series. GE-1 has 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, and replaced Satcom K1. GE-1 was placed in a supersynchronous transfer orbit of 191 × 56495 km × 25.0 deg.

GE 2 was launched on 30 Jan 1997. This is a C- and Ku-band spacecraft operated by GE Americom. It will replace Satcom K1 at 85 West. It has 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders.

GE 3 carries also 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders to provide voice and video communications to North America after parking at 127 W longitude.

GE 1, 2 and 3 have been renamed AMC 1, 2 and 3, when GE Americom was sold to SES.

The A2100 satellites have a liquid apogee engine and electric arcjet thrusters.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: GE Americom → SES Americom
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 24 C-band transponders, 24 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: A2100A
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Propulsion: LEROS-1C
Mass: 2783 kg (#1), 2648 kg (#2), 2845 kg (#3) (1600 kg BOL, 1300 kg dry)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GE 1 → AMC 1 1996-054A 08.09.1996 CC LC-36B Atlas-2A
GE 2 → AMC 2 1997-002A 31.01.1997 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44L H10-3 with Nahuel 1A
GE 3 → AMC 3 1997-050A 04.09.1997 CC LC-36A Atlas-2AS
Further GE / AMC / AAP missions: