NamesGE-1 (1996-2001)
AMC-1 (2001-present)
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorGE Americom (1996-2001)
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
COSPAR ID1996-054A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.24315
Mission duration15 years (planned)
26 years, 4 months, 12 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeLockheed Martin A2100
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass2,783 kg (6,135 lb)
Dry mass1,300 kg (2,900 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date8 September 1996,
21:49:01 UTC[1]
RocketAtlas IIA (AC-123)
Launch siteCape Canaveral, LC-36B
ContractorLockheed Martin
Entered serviceNovember 1996
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[2]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude131° West
Band48 transponders:
24 C-band
24 Ku-band
Bandwidth36 MHz
Coverage areaCanada, United States, Mexico, Caribbean
AMC-2 →

AMC-1 was a geosynchronous communications satellite operated by SES S.A., as part of the AMC fleet acquired from GE AMERICOM in 2001. It was a hybrid C-Band / Ku-band spacecraft currently located at 131° West, serving the Canada, United States, Mexico, and Caribbean.

AMC-1 was replaced by the newer SES-3 satellite on 15 July 2011.


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: Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Northern Mexico, Southern Canada [3]


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  2. ^ "AMC-1 (GE-1) 1996-054A NORAD 24315". Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  3. ^ "AMC-1". SES. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.