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GE 3

Also called AMC 3, S2162


Designation 24936 / 97050A
Launch date 4 Sep 1997
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Atlas Centaur #109

Spacenet 3R replacement. Tested at 83°W. Went operational on 1 Oct 1997

Worth $100 million

On 12 Mar 1999 at 9:02 UT the satellite lost attitude control because of a gyroscope failure. The service was restored at 14:49 UT.

In Jan 2017 the Ku-band payload was bought by Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., and rename the payload as Eagle 1. Licence extension was requested till 27 sep 2022, then till 1 Feb 2027.


Begin End Position
L: 4 Sep 1997 Oct 1997 83°W
Nov 1997 Jan 2012 87°W
Feb 2012 Dec 2016 67°W (to cover central American and the Caribbean)
Dec 2016   72°W, inclined

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage at 87°W (dBW)


C-band transponder frequency chart
Ku-band transponder frequency chart

Royal Ordnance Leros apogee engine

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