SES AMERICOM to add to ‘HD-Prime neighborhood’ with AMC-18 satellite

April 6, 2005

Lockheed Martin is building a model A2100 satellite for SES Americom. Pictured: A similar satellite built for EchoStar.(Image courtesy Lockheed Martin.)

SES GLOBAL has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for an A2100 geosynchronous satellite to be built for and operated by SES AMERICOM.

Called AMC-18, the satellite will be located at orbital location 105 degrees West and will provide distribution of premium cable programming across North America.

The new satellite will carry 24 36MHz C-band transponders and will be used to provide cable television services to the United States and the Caribbean.

AMC-18 is expected to provide more than 15 years of service and is scheduled to launch during the second half of 2006.

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