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GE-3 → AMC-3
Mission type Communications[1]
Operator GE Americom (1997-2001)
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009—)
COSPAR ID 1997-050A
Mission duration 15 years (design life)[2]
Spacecraft properties
Bus A2100A[3]
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Launch mass 2,845 kilograms (6,272 lb)[4]
Power LEROS-1C[4]
Start of mission
Launch date September 4, 1997, 12:03 (1997-09-04T12:03Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Atlas IIAS[4]
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC-36A[4]
Contractor ILS
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary[5]
Longitude 87.1° West[1]
Perigee 35,785.7 kilometers (22,236.2 mi)[5]
Apogee 35,801.4 kilometers (22,246.0 mi)[5]
Inclination 0 degrees [5]
Period 1436.1 minutes[5]
Band 24 C band, 24 Ku band[2]
Frequency 36 MHz
Coverage area North America[2]

AMC-3 (formerly GE 3) is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by SES World Skies, formerly SES Americom and before that GE Americom. Launched on September 4, 1997, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, AMC-3 is a hybrid C band/Ku band satellite. It provides coverage to the continental United States, Canada, the Caribbean islands, southern Greenland, and Central America. Located in a geostationary orbit parallel to the Yucatán Peninsula and Great Lakes, AMC-3 provides service to commercial and government customers, with programming distribution, satellite news gathering and broadcast internet capabilities.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "NSSDC Master Catalog: GE 3". November 23, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "AMC-3 Data". 2009. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ "AMG 3". Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d Krebs, Gunter (September 27, 2009). "GE 1, 2, 3 / AMC 1, 2, 3". Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "AMC-3 (GE-3) Satellite details". Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "AMC-3". 2009. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Turner Expands SNG Transponder Deal With SES AMERICOM" (Press release). Business Wire via April 12, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 

External links

  • AMC-3 website
  • [3]C-band Americas Beam footprint(s)] at SatBeams
  • [4]Ku-band Americas Beam footprint(s)] at SatBeams
  • AMC-3 information at LyngSat

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