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GE 4, 6 / AMC 4, 6 / Rainbow 2

GE 4 (AMC 4) [Lockheed]

GE-4, a hybrid C-/Ku-band satellite, will serve North and South America from its orbital location at 101 degrees West. The A2100AX satellite is designed for a 15-year lifespan, but carries enough fuel to operate for a longer period of time.

GE-6, a hybrid C/Ku-band satellite with 28 Ku Band and 24 C Band active transponders, will join the GE Americom fleet of satellites and will provide direct-to-home (DTH), media and entertainment distribution plus enterprise and internet protocol (IP)solutions in North America. The spacecraft will be lofted into orbit on a Proton-K Blok-DM3 booster provided by International Launch Services and, upon authorization by the Federal Communications Commission, will operate at 72 degrees West Longitude.

GE 4 and 6 have been renamed AMC 4 and 6, when GE Americom was sold to SES.

Rainbow Media anounced in November 2004, that it will utilize 16 transponders on the  AMC-6 satellite, which VOOM refers to as Rainbow 2.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: GE Americom → SES Americom
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 24 Ku-band, 24 C-band active transponders (#4); 28 Ku-band, 24 C-band active transponders (#6)
Configuration: A2100AX
Propulsion: LEROS-1C
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 3895 kg(#4); 3909 kg (#6)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GE 4 → AMC 4 1999-060A 13.11.1999 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44LP H10-3
GE 6 → AMC 6 (Rainbow 2) 2000-067A 21.10.2000 TB LC-81/23 Proton-K Blok-DM3

References:

  • Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Website
Further GE / AMC / AAP missions:
Further Rainbow missions: