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GE 15

Also called AMC 15, S2180


Designation 28446 / 04041A
Launch date 14 Oct 2004
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Proton #311


Begin End Position
L: 14 Oct 2004 Dec 2004 136°W
Jan 2005 Mar 2005 117°W
Mar 2005 May 2005 113°W
Jun 2005   105°W

Hybrid Ku- & Ka-band satellites, maybe using slots reserved for GE Star. Will replace Gstar 4

The entire capacity has been booked by Echostar

Has solar panels degradation issues. Will be replaced by SES 11 and then be reconfigured to continue service till 2026 with coverage change towards North America, the Caribbean and Central America.

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)



Prime contractor Lockheed Martin
Platform A2100AX
Mass at launch 4021 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power  
Design lifetime 15 years


Main transponders 24
Backup transponders 12
Power 140 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage US (including Hawai and Alaska), part of Canada and Mexico
EIRP max 52 dBW
G/T max  
Polarization linear H/V cross-pol
Frequencies downlink: 11.7-12.2 GHz
uplink: 14.0-14.5 GHz

Beacons: 11.7020 GHz (H) & 12.1980 GHz (V)


Main transponders 12
Backup transponders
Power 75 W (LTWTA)
Bandwidth 125 MHz (3 x 39 MHz subchannels)
Coverage CONUS, Hawaii, Alaska; 12 spots
EIRP max 57 dBW
Frequencies Uplink: 28.4-28.6 GHz & 29.5-30 GHz
Downlink: 18.6-18.8 GHz & 19.7-20.2 GHz

Beacon: 18.5820 GHz (RHCP)

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