NamesAMC ground spare
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorSES Americom / SES S.A.
COSPAR ID2011-035A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.37748
Mission duration15 years (planned)
12 years, 8 months, 21 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftAMC ground spare
Spacecraft typeGEOStar-2
ManufacturerOrbital Sciences Corporation
Launch mass3,112 kg (6,861 lb)
Power5 kW
Start of mission
Launch date15 July 2011, 23:16:10 UTC[1]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
ContractorKhrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Entered serviceSeptember 2011
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[2]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude103° West
Band48 transponders:
24 C-band
24 Ku-band
Bandwidth36 MHz
Coverage areaNorth America
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SES-3 is a communications satellite operated by SES World Skies, then by SES S.A.


SES-3 was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), and is based on the Star-2.4 satellite bus. It is equipped with 24 C-band, and 24 Ku-band transponders, and at launch it had a mass of 3,112 kg (6,861 lb). It has a design life of fifteen years, however it was launched with enough fuel to operate for at least sixteen years, if its systems are still functional.[3]


It was launched on 15 July 2011 at 23:16:10 UTC on a Proton-M / Briz-M launch vehicle, the launch was arranged by International Launch Services (ILS), since Baikonour, Site 200/39 alongside the KazSat-2 satellite.


It is positioned at 103.0° West orbital location over North America, replacing AMC-1. Clients include E. W. Scripps Company, In Demand, Pay-per-view, Ion Television, Mood Media, NBC and QVC.[4]


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ "SES 3". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter (11 December 2017). "SES 1, 2, 3". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  4. ^ "SES 3 at 103.0° W". LyngSat.