SES Americom

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SES AMERICOM
Type Private company
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1975
Headquarters United States
Products Satellite services
Revenue Increase ? billion (2006)
Operating income Increase ? billion (2006)
Net income Decrease ? billion (2006)
Employees 414 (2007)
Parent SES S.A.
Website SES Americom

SES Americom was a major commercial satellite operator[when?] based in the United States. Formerly[when?] RCA Americom and GE Americom, the company became[when?] (with SES Astra and SES New Skies) one of the principal parts of SES S.A.. As of January 2010, SES Americom was re-branded as SES World Skies along with SES New Skies.[1]

Satellite Fleet[edit]

SES Americom operates[when?] the following satellites:[2][dead link]

Satellite Position Manufacturer Model Launched Launch vehicle Comments
AMC-1 103°W Lockheed Martin A2100A September 8, 1996 Atlas IIA [citation needed]
AMC-2 101°W Lockheed Martin A2100A January 30, 1997 Ariane 44L Replaced by SES-1[1]
AMC-3 87°W Lockheed Martin A2100A September 4, 1997 Atlas IIAS [citation needed]
AMC-4 101°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX November 13, 1999 Ariane 44LP Replaced by SES-1[1]
AMC-5 79°W Alcatel Space Spacebus 2000 October 28, 1998 Ariane 44L [citation needed]
AMC-6 72°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX October 22, 2000 Proton-K/DM-2 [citation needed]
AMC-7 137°W Lockheed Martin A2100A September 14, 2000 Ariane 5G [citation needed]
AMC-8 139°W Lockheed Martin A2100A December 19, 2000 Ariane 5G [citation needed]
AMC-9 83°W Alcatel Space Spacebus 3000B3 June 7, 2003 Proton-K/Briz-M[3]
AMC-10 135°W Lockheed Martin A2100A February 5, 2004 Atlas IIAS[4]
AMC-11 131°W Lockheed Martin A2100A May 19, 2004 Atlas IIAS[5]
AMC-12 37.5°W Alcatel Alenia Space Spacebus 4000C3 Feb 3, 2005 Proton-M/Briz-M[6] Renamed NSS-10[7]
AMC-14[8] 61.5°W (planned) Lockheed Martin A2100 March 14, 2008 Proton-M/Briz-M Launch failure[9]
AMC-15 105°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX October 15, 2004 Proton-M/Briz-M[10]
AMC-16 85°W Lockheed Martin A2100AX December 17, 2004 Atlas V (521)[11]
AMC-18 105°W Lockheed Martin A2100A December 8, 2006 Ariane 5-ECA Replaced AMC-2 previously at 105°W
Satcom C3 79°W GE AstroSpace GE-3000 September 10, 1992 Ariane 44LP Inclined orbit
AMC-21 125°W Thales Alenia Space / Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 August 14, 2008 Ariane 5-ECA[12]
SES-1 101°W Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 April 24, 2010 Proton-M[13] Formerly AMC-4R[14]

Replaced AMC-2 and AMC-4[1]

SES-2 87°W Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 September 21, 2011 Ariane 5-ECA[15] Formerly AMC-5R[14]
SES-3 103°W Orbital Sciences Corporation STAR-2 July 16, 2011 Proton-M[16] Formerly AMC ground spare[14]

History[edit]

RCA American Communications (RCA Americom) was founded in 1975 as an operator of RCA Astro Electronics-built satellites. The company's first satellite; Satcom 1, was launched on December 12, 1975. Satcom 1 was one of the earliest geostationary satellites.

Satcom 1 was instrumental in helping early cable TV channels (such as Superstation TBS and CBN) to become initially successful, because these channels distributed their programming to all of the local cable TV headends using the satellite. Additionally, it was the first satellite used by broadcast TV networks in the United States, like ABC, NBC, and CBS, to distribute their programming to all of their local affiliate stations. The reason that Satcom 1 was so widely used is that it had twice the communications capacity of the competing Westar 1 (24 transponders as opposed to Westar 1’s 12), which resulted in lower transponder usage costs.

14 more (increasingly sophisticated) Satcom satellites would enter service from 1976 to 1992. In 1986 General Electric acquired RCA and renamed the Americom unit GE American Communications (GE Americom). From 1996 new satellites were named in the GE-# series, i.e. GE-1 in 1996, GE-2 in 1997 etc.

SES purchase[edit]

In 2001 SES Global was formed by SES for the $4.3 billion acquisition of GE Americom, which was completed in November of that year. SES Global was established as the group management company; with the renamed SES Americom and SES Astra as subsidiaries.[citation needed]

After the acquisition of GE Americom by SES, all the satellites previously named with the GE-# prefix were renamed to AMC-# (i.e., GE-1 renamed to AMC-1, and so on).[citation needed]

The President and CEO of the new SES Americom was Dean Olmstead.[17] He left the company in 2004 and was succeeded by Edward Horowitz. SES Americom was subsequently placed under Robert Bednarek, the President and CEO of SES New Skies.[18]

In September 2009, SES Americom and SES New Skies were re-branded SES World Skies.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SES WORLD SKIES Announces Fleet Rebrand" (Press release). SES World Skies. January 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Satellite Fleet". SES AMERICOM. 
  3. ^ "300th Mission Flown by Proton Vehicle" (Press release). International Launch Services. June 7, 2003. 
  4. ^ "ILS Successfully Orbits AMC-10 Satellite" (Press release). International Launch Services. February 5, 2004. 
  5. ^ "ILS Successfully Launches AMC-11 Satellite; Celebrates 5 Missions in 5 Months" (Press release). International Launch Services. May 19, 2004. 
  6. ^ "Double Success: ILS Launches Payloads with Atlas and Proton on Same Day" (Press release). International Launch Services. February 3, 2005. 
  7. ^ "NSS-10 and NSS-11 join SES NEW SKIES fleet" (Press release). SES NEW SKIES. March 5, 2007. 
  8. ^ "AMC-14 Satellite Slated for March 15 Launch" (Press release). SES AMERICOM. February 20, 2008. 
  9. ^ "ILS declares Proton launch anomaly" (Press release). International Launch Services. March 14, 2008. 
  10. ^ "ILS Proton Launches AMC-15 Satellite; 9th Mission in 9 Months" (Press release). International Launch Services. October 15, 2004. 
  11. ^ "ILS Launches AMC-16; Wraps Up Year With 10 Mission Successes" (Press release). International Launch Services. December 17, 2004. 
  12. ^ "Another successful Arianespace launch: Superbird-7 and AMC-21 in orbit" (Press release). Arianespace. August 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ "ILS Proton Successfully Launches SES-1 for SES" (Press release). International Launch Services. April 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter. "SES 1, 2, 3". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Arianespace launch a success: Arabsat 5C and SES-2 in orbit" (Press release). Arianespace. September 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "ILS Proton Successfully Launches the SES-3 Satellite for SES" (Press release). International Launch Services. July 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Dean Olmstead appointed President and CEO of SES AMERICOM" (Press release). SES WORLD SKIES. November 12, 2001. 
  18. ^ "SES To Create New Segment Encompassing Two Of Its Satellite Operating Entities" (Press release). SES S.A. July 10, 2008. 
  19. ^ "SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES Satellite Division Re-brands As SES WORLD SKIES" (Press release). SES WORLD SKIES. September 7, 2009. 

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