Renamed: Star One C12 - Also called: NSS-10, Astra 4A, Worldsat 2
28526 / 05003A
03 Feb 2005 - 02:27 UT
Geostationary orbit on 15 Feb - 03:21 UT:
Perigee / Apogee
35725 x 35851 km
Launched by ILS / Russia
Alcatel Space Industries / Fr
SES Americom --> SES New Skies
Mass at launch
4974 kg (5396 kg?)
Box + 2 panels
72 C-band transponders;
Satellite initially located over 292°E, but to be operated over 322.5°E
This series of satellites based on the new generation Spacebus-4000C3
platform has been originally ordered by GE-Americom as GE 1i, 2i, 3i, 4i and 2E.
They were renamed to AMC after SES took over Americom and some were cancelled in
AMC 12 features 72 C-Band transponders; it will provide digital TV,
telecommunications, data and video transmissions, connecting over the Atlantic
Ocean North and South America, Europe and Africa.
AMC 12 was originally ordered as GE 1i, and AMC 22 was originally GE 3i, but
this one was cancelled.
In early 2004, AMC 12 was transfered to Worldsat LLC, a new subsidiary of SES
Americom as Worldsat 2. In early 2005 few weeks before launch, it was renamed
AMC 12 again.
24 transponders on AMC 12 have been contracted by SES ASTRA which will market
this capacity in Africa under the name Astra 4A. 18 transponders will be
operated by Star One as Star One C12.
In March 2007, the satellite was transferred to SES New Skies and named NSS 10.