Thursday, August 14, 2008

SES' AMC-21 Satellite Successfully Enters Orbit

SES's new AMC-21 satellite was successfully launched aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from the French Guiana Spaceport.

The AMC-21 satellite provides coverage of the Continental United States (CONUS), Southern Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. AMC-21 will provide broadcast television and mobile broadband services. The satellite is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders, each 36 MHz in bandwidth, and will have an operational life of 15 years. Weighing about 2,500 kilograms at launch and having 6 kW of electrical power, it will initiate Ku-band service at 125 degrees West.