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