|Operator||GE Americom (1997-2001)|
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
|Mission duration||15 years (planned) |
24 years, 2 months, 20 days (elapsed)
|Spacecraft type||Lockheed Martin A2100|
|Launch mass||2,845 kg (6,272 lb) |
|Dry mass||1,300 kg (2,900 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||4 September 1997, 12:03:00 UTC|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral, LC-36A|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||Canada, United States, Mexico, Caribbean|
AMC-3 (formerly GE-3) is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by SES World Skies, part of SES S.A. (and formerly GE Americom, then SES Americom). Launched on 4 September 1997, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, AMC-3 is a hybrid C-band / Ku-band satellite. It provides coverage to Canada, United States, Mexico, Caribbean. Located in a geostationary orbit parallel to the Yucatán Peninsula and Great Lakes, AMC-3 provides service to commercial and government customers, with programming distribution, satellite news gathering and broadcast internet capabilities.
In January 2017, the AMC-3 Ku-band payload was sold to Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), a provider of satellite-based connectivity and media to mobility markets, such as passenger aircraft. GEE purchased all the capacity on the satellite to support aeronautical customers, in particular Southwest Airlines, the company's largest customer, and rebranded the satellite as Eagle-1. The satellite remains under the control of SES S.A.
Among other satellite TV channels, AMC-3 carries NASA TV.
In the United States, NASA Television's Public and Media channels are MPEG-2 digital C-band signals carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite AMC-3, transponder 15C, at 87° West longitude. Downlink frequency is 4000 MHz, horizontal polarization, with a data rate of 38.86 Mhz, symbol rate of 28.1115 Ms/s, and ¾ FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception