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GE 8

Also called Aurora 3 and AMC 8


Designation 26639 / 00081B
Launch date 20 Dec 2000
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 139°W
Launch vehicle Ariane V138

Tested at 146°W

Satellite to be jointly owned by Alascom (which has bought 17 C-band transponders for communications with Alaska).

Has solar panels degradation issues.

External resources

sat-index articles

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 8
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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