NamesGE-2 (1997-2001)
AMC-2 (2001-present)
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorGE Americom (1997-2001)
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
COSPAR ID1997-002A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.24713
Mission duration15 years (planned)
26 years, 6 months, 15 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeLockheed Martin A2100
BusLM A2100A
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass2,648 kg (5,838 lb)
Dry mass1,300 kg (2,900 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date30 January 1997, 22:04:00 UTC
RocketAriane 44L (V93)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude85° West
Band48 transponders:
24 C-band
24 Ku-band
Coverage areaNorth America
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GE-2, called AMC-2 after 2001, is a privately owned American communications satellite launched in 1997. It was the first of the GE series to be launched outside the United States.[1] It was launched by an Ariane 44L on 30 January 1997 at 22:04:00 UTC, flying from ELA-2, Centre Spatial Guyanais alongside another satellite, Nahuel 1A. It was owned by GE Americom until 2001 when the company was sold to SES (Société Européenne des Satellites). The name of the spacecraft was then changed by SES Americom to AMC-2 in 2001.[1]


GE-2 carries 24 Ku-band and 24 C-band transponders. It weighs approximately 2,648 kg (5,838 lb) fully fueled and has a dry mass of 1,300 kg (2,900 lb). It is stationed at approximately 81° West serving the North America. There is also a plan to relocate the satellite to 85° West orbital position.[2] It is powered by two deployable solar panels which charge the batteries. It uses LEROS-1c engines for propulsion.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "GE 1, 2, 3 / AMC 1, 2, 3". Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Satellite details - AMC-2 (GE-2)". Satbeams. Retrieved 2 April 2021.