Lockheed Martin A2100

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The A2100 is a communications satellite spacecraft model made by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in the 1990s-2010s for telecommunications in geosynchronous orbit.[1]

The Lockheed Martin A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed for a variety of telecommunications needs including Ka band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku band payload configurations, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku band frequency spectrum, and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band and S-band payloads.[2]

The A2100 satellite system was developed by a Skunk Works team at the Astro Space East Windsor, New Jersey facility. A group of Space Architects, including Brian Stewart, John Close, Pete Wise, Jim Wilson (GE R&D Lab), and Keith Davies delivered a flexible common bus with fewer components, lower spacecraft weight, and reduced customer delivery time.[3]

The first satellite, AMC-1, was launched September 8, 1996, and has achieved 15-year on-orbit service life.[4] Since 1996 there have been over 45 of the A2100 based satellites launched, with over 400 years of total on-orbit service.[5] Recent A2100 spacecraft include JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2, which were launched May, 2012 on an Ariane 5 rocket. [6]

In 2002 Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems was given a Frost and Sullivan Satellite Reliability Award for excellence in the production of flexible and reliable communications satellites used in geosynchronous Earth orbit.[7]

A2100 customers includes communications companies around the world, including Astra, Telesat, JSAT Corporation and others.


  1. ^ Kline, Allan (3 June 1997). "Lockheed Links Up with Intersputnik in Space". Washington Times  – via Questia (subscription required). Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lockheed Martin: A2100"
  3. ^ "A2100 History"
  4. ^ "First Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Communications Satellite Marks 15 Years of On-Orbit Operations". Defense & Aerospace Week  – via HighBeam (subscription required). September 21, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Satellites: Over 400 Cumulative Years In Orbit And Counting"
  6. ^ "Ariane 5 ECA launches JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 into orbit"
  7. ^ "Frost & Sullivan Award