GE-3 --> AMC-3


Renamed: AMC-3 (Americom 3)

Launch data:

Designation: 24936 / 97050A
Launch date 04 Sep 1997
Launch site CC, LC-36A
Launch vehicleAtlas-2AS (AC-146 #109)
MissionCommercial: Communications
Geostationary orbit:
Perigee / Apogee 35777 x 35795 km
Eccentricity 2,13E-04
Inclination 0.02 deg
Period 1436.08 min

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
Operator SES Americom
Mass at launch  2845 kg
Dry Mass 1600 kg
Basic shape  
Dimension (m) 
Solar array  
DC power  6500 (EOL)
Design lifetime  15 yrs


 April 2009 86.96° W 


Broadcasting, business, cable; CONUS, Hawaii, Caribbean, southern Canada; 24 Ku- and 24 C-band
Spacenet 3R replacement. Tested at 83°W. Went operational on 1 Oct 1997

Worth $100 million FCC has authorized GE Americom to change the satellite's location . New location would be 72°W.

On 12 Mar 1999 at 9:02 UT the satellite lost attitude control because of a gyroscope failure. The service was restored at 14:49 UT.

Royal Ordnance Leros apogee engine

Ref: #15, #226 - update: 24.08.09