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GE 16

Also called AMC 16, S2181


Designation 28472 / 04048A
Launch date 17 Dec 2004
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Atlas 5 #4

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

Suffers some power loss on solar array circuits which have reduced capacity. In Mar 2010 some transponders had to be switched off. Another failure occured in Jan 2012, Apr 2012, Nov 2012. Each event reduced the satellite's capacity.

In 2015, the company is pending authorization to repoint the Ku-band antenna to South America.
Licence to be extended till end on 2021.


Begin End Position
L: 17 Dec 2004 Dec 2004 82.1°W
Jan 2005 Feb 2005 84.9°W (Ka-band tests)
Feb 2005 Apr 2005 85°W
Apr 2005 Jun 2005 97°W
Jul 2005 Apr 2006 85°W
May 2006 Apr 2007 118.75°W (until Anik F3 is launched)
May 2007 May 2007 113°W (20 days)
Jun 2007 Jun 2007 97°W (20 days)
Jul 2007 Jul 2021 85°W

The entire capacity has been booked by Echostar

End of life

Out of service Jul 2021
Cause moved to the junk orbit

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading


Prime contractor Lockheed Martin
Platform A2100AX
Mass at launch 4200 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


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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