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Names GE-1 (1996-2001)
AMC-1 (2001-present)
Mission type Communications
Operator GE Americom (1996-01)
SES Americom (2001-09)
SES World Skies (2009-11)
SES (2011-present)
COSPAR ID 1996-054A
SATCAT no. 24315
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus A2100A
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Launch mass 2,783 kilograms (6,135 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 8 September 1996, 21:49:01 (1996-09-08UTC21:49:01Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Atlas IIA AC-123
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC-36B
Contractor International Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 103° west
Perigee 35,778 kilometres (22,231 mi)
Apogee 35,806 kilometres (22,249 mi)
Inclination 0.07 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 29 October 2013, 07:36:56 UTC[2]

AMC-1 is a geosynchronous communications satellite operated by SES S.A., as part of the AMC fleet acquired from GE Americom in 2001. It is a hybrid C Band/Ku band spacecraft currently located at 103° west, serving the USA, Mexico, Caribbean and Canada.


C-band payload: 24 x 36 MHz
Amp type: SSPA, 12- to 18-watt (adjustable)
Amp redundancy: 16 for 12
Receiver redundancy: 4 for 2
Coverage: CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada
Ku-band payload: 24 x 36 MHz
Amp type: TWTA, 60-watt
Amp redundancy: 18 for 12
Receiver redundancy: 4 for 2
Coverage: CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, Northern Mexico, Southern Canada[3]


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "AMC-1 (GE-1) Satellite details 1996-054A NORAD 24315". N2YO. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "AMC-1". SES.