Lockheed Martin-built AMC-10 satellite ready for launch from Cape aboard Atlas IIAS
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., 02-FEB-04 --
The AMC-10 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for SES AMERICOM of Princeton, NJ, is ready for launch on Feb. 5 from Cape Canaveral aboard an Atlas IIAS rocket provided by International Launch Services, a Lockheed Martin joint venture.
AMC-10 will carry 24, 36 MHz C-band transponders and will be used to provide cable television services to the 50 United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. AMC-10 will take the place of Satcom C-4 at orbital location 135 degrees West Longitude, expanding SES-AMERICOM's world-wide fleet of satellites, which provide global distribution of cable, broadcast television, and radio programming, mobile communications, business television, broadband data, and telecommunications services. Based on the award-winning A2100 satellite series manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Newtown, Pa., AMC-10 has a predicted service life of 15 years.
The Lockheed Martin A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs ranging from Ka-band/broadband services, fixed satellite services in a C-band and Ku-band payload configuration, to high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum. The A2100's modular design features a reduction in parts, simplifying construction, increasing on-orbit reliability and reducing weight and cost.
About SES AMERICOM
The largest supplier of satellite services in the U.S., SES AMERICOM, Inc. is recognized as a pioneer of global satellite communications services. Established in 1973 with its first satellite circuit for the U.S. Department of Defense, the company currently operates a fleet of 11 spacecraft in orbital positions providing service throughout the Americas. As a member of the SES GLOBAL family (Luxembourg and Frankfurt exchanges: SESG), AMERICOM is able to provide end-to-end telecommunications solutions to any region in the world. In 2001 the company established AMERICOM Government Services, a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to providing satellite-based communications solutions to both civilian and defense agencies of the U.S. Government. In 2003, SES AMERICOM formed WORLDSAT, a wholly owned subsidiary with satellites operating in 5 orbital positions covering Asia, and the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean regions, and connecting premier regional satellite fleets. With its combined operations, SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks with efficient communication and content distribution solutions.
About International Launch Services (ILS)
ILS is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the United States, manufacturer of the Atlas rocket, and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Russia, builder of the Proton rocket. ILS provides launch services on the Atlas and Proton vehicles to customers worldwide.
About Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems markets, designs and builds geostationary and non-geostationary telecommunications and remote sensing satellites for customers worldwide. LMCSS is an operating unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, one of the core business areas of the Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT). Lockheed Martin has a 41-year heritage of building reliable spacecraft for commercial and military customers, having launched more than 875 spacecraft and clocking over 1,500 years of on-orbit performance experience.