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NamesGE-3 (1997-2001)
AMC-3 (2001-present)
Eagle-1 (2017-present)
Mission type Communications [1]
Operator GE Americom (1997-2001)
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
COSPAR ID 1997-050A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.24936
Mission duration15 years (planned) [2]
25 years, 6 months, 22 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Lockheed Martin A2100
Bus LM A2100A [3]
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Launch mass2,845 kg (6,272 lb) [4]
Dry mass1,300 kg (2,900 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date4 September 1997, 12:03:00 UTC [1]
Rocket Atlas IIAS [4]
Launch site Cape Canaveral, LC-36A [4]
Contractor Lockheed Martin
Entered service1997
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric orbit [5]
Regime Geostationary orbit
Longitude72° West
Band48 transponders:
24 C-band
24 Ku-band [2]
Coverage area Canada, United States, Mexico, Caribbean [2]
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AMC-4 →

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. [2] [6]


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. [7]


Among other satellite TV channels, AMC-3 carries NASA TV. [8]


  1. ^ a b "Display: GE 3 1997-050A". NASA. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d "AMC-3 Data". SES World Skies. 4 June 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. ^ "AMC-3". Satbeams. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter (21 July 2019). "GE 1, 2, 3 / AMC 1, 2, 3". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  5. ^ "AMC-3 (GE-3) Satellite details". Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Turner Expands SNG Transponder Deal With SES AMERICOM" (Press release). Business Wire via 12 April 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  7. ^ Henry, Caleb (16 January 2017). "Global Eagle's mystery satellite purchase is SES's AMC-3". SpaceNews. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  8. ^ "NASA Live: Official Stream of NASA TV - YouTube". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2020. 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

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