|Operator||GE Americom (1999-2001)|
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
|Mission duration||15 years (planned) |
24 years, 24 days (elapsed)
|Spacecraft type||Lockheed Martin A2100|
|Launch mass||3,895 kg (8,587 lb) |
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||13 November 1999, 22:54 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 44LP H10-3 (V123) |
|Launch site||Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Longitude||134.9° West |
72 MHz (4 Ku-band)
|Coverage area||North America, Latin America, Caribbean|
AMC-4 (formerly GE-4) is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by SES World Skies, part of SES S.A. (and formerly GE Americom, then SES Americom). Launched in 1999, from Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2 by Ariane 44LP H10-3. It provides coverage to North America, Latin America, Caribbean. Located in a geostationary orbit, AMC-4 provides service to commercial and government customers, with programming distribution, satellite news gathering and broadcast internet capabilities.
AMC-4 was launched on 13 November 1999 at 22:54 UTC as GE-4, GE Americom's fourth A2100 hybrid C-band and Ku-band satellite. The C-band payload was home to national television networks broadcasting to thousands of cable television headends. AMC-4's Ku-band transponders served the direct-to-home (DTH), VSAT, business television and broadband Internet market segments. These Ku-band transponders are designed to be switchable between North and South American coverages. It was renamed AMC-4 after GE Americom was bought by SES and re-branded SES Americom. In 2009, SES Americom merged with SES New Skies to form SES World Skies. AMC-4 has been replaced by SES-1 in 2010. AMC-4 has been moved to 134.9° West, and currently has no FTA signals.
|Number of transponders and frequency||24 x 36 MHz||24 x 36 MHz; 4 x 72 MHz|
|Amp type||SSPA, 20 watts||TWTA, 110 watts|
|Amp redundancy:||16 for 12||18 for 14|
|Receiver redundancy:||4 for 2||4 for 2|
|Coverage:||North America, Latin America, Caribbean|
|Beacon:||3700.5 MHz (V), 4199.5 MHz (H)||11702 MHz (H), 12198 MHz (V)|
|Typical Footprint · Frequency Plan|
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