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GE-8 → AMC-8
Mission type Communications
Operator GE Americom (2000–2001)
SES Americom (2001-2009)
SES World Skies (2009—)
Website SES World Skies - AMC-8
Mission duration 15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Bus A2100
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin
Launch mass 2,015 kilograms (4,442 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 20 December 2000, 00:26 (2000-12-20UTC00:26Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5G
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 139° West
Band 24 G/H band (IEEE C band)
Coverage area Canada
United States

AMC-8, also known as Americom-8 and Aurora III, previously GE-8, is a C-band satellite located at 139° West, covering the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is owned and operated by SES World Skies,[1] formerly SES Americom and before that GE Americom. The satellite, provides critical telecommunications services to AT&T Alascom which occupies most of the satellite's capacity. AMC-8 was launched in 2000 as GE-8, and replaced Satcom C-5 in March 2001.

AMC-8 is also used by thousands of terrestrial radio stations for network feeds using ground equipment from Starguide, X-Digital Systems, Wegener and International Datacasting. Major tenants are Cumulus Media Networks Satellite Services (which includes Citadel Media, Talk Radio Network, WOR Radio Network and others), Orbital Media Networks (which includes United Stations Radio Networks, John Tesh, and others), Premiere Radio Networks, Dial Global, Westwood One, Learfield Communications, The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show (Transponder 15), and others.

It carries 24 36 MHz G/H band (IEEE C band) transponders, with 20 watt SSPA amplifiers. Its amplifier redundancy is 16 for 12, and its receiver redundancy is four for two. It carries two beacons, one broadcasting on a horizontal frequency of 3700.5 MHz, and the other on a vertical frequency of 4199.5 MHz.

External links


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