Mission typeCommunications
OperatorGE Americom (1998–2001)
SES Americom (2001–2009)
SES World Skies (2009–2011)
SES S.A. (2011-2014)
COSPAR ID1998-063B Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.25516
Mission duration12 years (planned)
15 years, 6 months (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
BusSpacebus 2000
ManufacturerDornier (prime contractor)
Aérospatiale (bus)
Launch mass1,698 kg (3,743 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date28 October 1998, 22:15:00 UTC
RocketAriane 44L (V113)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
Deactivated17 May 2014
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude79° West
Band16 Ku-band
Coverage areaUnited States, Canada, Mexico
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The AMC-5, originally called GE-5, was a geosynchronous direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) located at 79° West longitude, operated by SES Americom in the Ku-band. It was used by a variety of television customers, including being home to the CBS Newspath service.[1]

The satellite was retired and moved to a graveyard orbit on 17 May 2014 after 15 years of service.[2]

Payload and specifications

AMC-5 Horizontal Transponders On Scope
AMC-5 Horizontal Transponders On Scope

Spacecraft design: Aérospatiale Spacebus 2000
Orbital location: 79° West
Launch Date: 28 October 1998
Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Design life: 15 years
Band: Ku-band
Ku-band payload: 16 x 54 MHz
Transponder type: TWTA, 55 watts
Transponder redundancy: 11 for 8
Receiver redundancy: 4 for 2
Coverage: United States, Canada, Mexico[3]


  1. ^ "AMC-5" (PDF). CBS Newspath. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  2. ^ SatCom Law LLC (23 May 2014). "Retirement of AMC-5 (Call Sign S2156), File No. SAT-MOD-20130325-00054". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 9 April 2016. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "AMC-5". SES. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013.