|Names||AMC ground spare|
|Operator||SES Americom / SES S.A.|
|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
10 years, 12 days (elapsed)
|Spacecraft||AMC ground spare|
|Manufacturer||Orbital Sciences Corporation|
|Launch mass||3,112 kg (6,861 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||15 July 2011, 23:16:10 UTC|
|Rocket||Proton-M / Briz-M|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Contractor||Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center|
|Entered service||September 2011|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||North America|
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.
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.