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GE 8

Also called Aurora 3 and AMC 8, S2379


Designation 26639 / 00081B
Launch date 20 Dec 2000
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Ariane V138

Satellite to be jointly owned by Alascom (which has bought 17 C-band transponders for communications with Alaska). The satellite was transfered to SES Americom in late 2020

Has solar panels degradation issues.


Begin End Position
L:   146°W
2001 Dec 2019 139°W
Dec 2019 Jun 2020 139°W inclined
Jun 2020 Nov 2022 135°W inclined

End of life

Out of service Dec 2022
Cause Sent to junk orbit

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)



Prime contractor Lockheed Martin
Platform A2100A
Mass at launch 2015 kg
Dry mass 919 kg
Dimension 4.1 m height x 3.6 m diameter
Solar array 14.5 m span
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power BOL: 3300 W
Design lifetime 15 years


Main transponders 24
Backup transponders
Power 20 W SSPA
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage Conus, Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean
EIRP max 40 dBW
G/T max  
Polarization linear H/V
Beacons 3.7005 GHz H & 4.1995 GHZ V
Beacons: 3.7005 GHz -H) & 4.1995 GHz (V)

C-band transponder frequency chart

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