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Location of GEO Communication Satellites


KEY
BOLD Satellites used by ADEC
+ Inclined Orbit Satellites
* Satellite Profile available

(Listed in order of orbital location from East to West)

SATELLITE

BAND
width

LAUNCH DATE

ORBIT LOCATION

ECHOSTAR 3 [BSS-KU] 10/06/97 61.5 deg W
DBS service -- Planned expansion of international business video service - orbital location identified by the FCC as Non-Full CONUS
 
SATCOM SN2 [C-KU] 11/10/83 69.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- retired on May 1998
 
AMC-6 [C-KU] 10/22/00 72.0 deg W
Ku-band dedicated to DTH for US market - C -band for enterprise, IP and media.
 
SBS 6* [KU] 10/12/90 74.0 deg W
Moved from 95 deg W on 11/01/95 -- frequencies of some transponders changed.
 
GALAXY 6* [C] 10/12/90 74.0 deg W
Moved to 99 dgr W during 2Q00. Returned to 74 dgr W during 3Q00.
 
AMC-5* [KU] 10/28/98 79.0 deg W
SNG, VSAT, Internet and Occasional Use: Coverage for CONUS only.
 
SATCOM C1 [C] 11/20/90 79.0 deg W
Companion for AMC-5. Provides C-band service to North American broadcasters.
 
GE SATCOM K2+ [KU] 11/29/85 81.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- retired in March 2000
 
GE SPACENET 3R [C-KU] 03/11/88 83.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- retired in December 1999
 
AMC-2* [C-KU] 01/28/97 85.0 deg W
Ku-band transponders released by Primestar FSS/DTH service on 10/01/00
 
XM 1 [S] 05/08/01 85.0 deg W
Also called XM ROLE. Multi-channel broadcast to mobile digital radio receivers.
 
SATCOM K1 [KU] 01/12/86 85.0 deg W

OUT OF SERVICE -- retired in Spring, 1997.

 
AMC-3* [C-KU] 08/04/97 87.0 deg W
Replaces SPACENET 3 -- PBS occupies 7 Ku-band transponders.
 
TELSTAR 4* [C-KU] 09/23/95 89.0 deg W
Formerly identified as TELSTAR 402R.
 
GALAXY 11* [C-KU] 12/21/99 91.0 deg W
This Satellite moved from 99.0 dgr W with successful launch of Galaxy 4R.
 
ORBITAL POSITION APPROVED FOR BSS SERVICE 91.± deg W
Allocated to Telesat Canada
 
NIMIQ 1 [BSS/KU] 05/20/99 91.0 deg W
Express Vu DBS service occupies 26 of the 32 assigned DBS frequencies.
 
TELSTAR 6* [C-KU] 02/15/99 93.0 deg W
Coverage for CONUS, Caribbean, Mexico and parts of Central America.
 
GALAXY 3R* [C-KU] 12/14/95 95.0 deg W
Provides redundancy for GALAXY 8i Latin American DTH service.
 
GALAXY 8i [KU] 12/08/97 95.0 deg W
All transponders dedicated to "Galaxy Latin America" DirecTV service.
 
TELSTAR 401 [C-KU] 12/15/95 97.0 deg W

OUT OF SERVICE -- catastrophic failure on 01/11/97; carried PBS prior to failure.

 
TELSTAR 302 [C] 08/31/84 97.1 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE-- retired.
 
TELSTAR 5* [C-KU] 05/24/97 97.0 deg W
Coverage for CONUS, Mexico, Caribbean and part of Central America.
 
GALAXY 4 [C-KU] 06/24/93 99.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- catastrophic failure, 05/19/98; carried NPR prior to failure.
 
GALAXY 4R* [C-KU] 4/18/00 99.0 deg W
Service initiated during 3Q00. Occasional Use service available.
 
SPACENET 4 [C-KU] Relocated 101.0 deg W
Retired from domestic service 2Q01 - moved to 172 dgr E to service Pacific Rim.
 
AMSC-1 [L-Ku]
04/11/95
101.0 dgr W
L-band Spot beams provide data transmission services.
 
AMC-4 [C-KU] 11/13/99 101.0 deg W
Ku-band transponders individually switchable between North and South American coverages. Became operational 12/21/99.
 
ORBITAL POSITION APPROVED FOR BSS SERVICE 101.± deg W
Orbital slot occupied by Hughes DirecTV DBS services.
 
DirecTV 2 [BSS/KU] 08/03/94 100.8 deg W
Audio and Video Direct to Home services.
 
DirecTV 3 [BSS/KU] 06/09/95 100.8 deg W
Audio and Video Direct to Home services.
 
DirecTV 1R [BSS/KU]  10/09/99 101.2 deg W
Replaces DBS-1 which was moved to 109.8 dgr W
 
DirecTV 4S [BSS/KU]
11/27/01
101.2 dgr W
Configured for spot beam delivery of Local-into-Local programming.
 
AMC-1* [C-KU] 09/08/96 103.0 deg W
Replaces GSTAR I which has been retired from service; NBC is major Ku anchor.
 
GSTAR 4 [KU] 11/20/90 105.0 deg W
CNN is major tenant; Coverage CONUS only.
 
ANIK F1 [C-KU] 11/21/00 107.3 deg W
Telesat Canada - Broadcast video, audio and data services. North and South American footprints.
 
SOLIDARIDAD 1 [C-KU] 11/19/93 109.2 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- catastrophic failure on 08/26/2000.
 
ORBITAL POSITION APPROVED FOR BSS SERVICE 110.± deg W
News Corp/Echo Star have FCC approval for control of 29 frequencies at this orbital location. Direct TV controls 3 frequencies at 110 dgr W.
 
DirectTV 1 [BSS/KU] 12/17/93 109.8 dgr W
DirecTV provides Spanish Language service on 3 pf 32 frequencies at this location.
 
ECHOSTAR 5 [BSS/KU] 9/23/99 110.0 deg W
EchoStar/Dish Network began service in 4Q99. with local-into-local and set-aside programming
 
ANIK E2 [C-KU] 04/04/91 111.1 deg W
Part of Telesat Canada fleet. Beam re-engineered for Canada and CONUS coverage. Approved by FCC for US domestic uplinks.
 
SOLIDARIDAD 2 [C-KU] 10/07/94 113.5 deg W
SatMex -- No video service on Ku-band transponders.
 
XM 2 [S] 3/18/01 115 deg W
Also called XM ROCK. Multi channel broadcast to mobile digital radio receivers.
 
SATMEX 5 [C-KU] 12/05/98 116.8 deg W
SatMex -- This satellite replaces MORELOS 2. Coverage extends from Canada to Argentina. Satellite formerly identified as MORELOS 3.
 
ANIK E1 [C-KU] 09/26/91 118.7 deg W
Telesat Canada - Approx, 50% non-operational due to power failure on 03/26/96. Approved by FCC for US domestic uplinks.
 
ORBITAL POSITION APPROVED FOR BSS SERVICE 119.± deg W
 
DIRECTV 6 [BSS/KU] 03/08/97 118.8 deg W
DirecTV controls 11 frequencies. Acquired from TCI Satellite.
 
ECHOSTAR 2 [BSS/KU] 09/10/96 119.0 deg W
DISH Network Services, DBS; EchoStar/Dish Network control a total of 21 frequencies at this location.
 
ECHOSTAR 4 [BSS/KU] 05/08/98 119.5 deg W
DISH Network Services, DBS frequencies at this orbital location
 
ECHOSTAR 6 [BSS/KU] 6/14/00 119.0 deg W
DISH Network Services, DBS
 
ECHOSTAR 7 [BSS/KU] 7/14/00 119.0 deg W
DISH Network Services, DBS
 
TELSTAR 303 [C] 06/19/85 120.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- Replaced by MORELOS 2 in 4Q98.
 
MORELOS 2+ [C-KU] 11/27/85 120.0 deg W
Relocated from 116.8 deg W to replace TELSTAR 303 in 4Q98; coverage for Hawaii, Alaska and Western U.S. only.
 
SBS 5 [KU] 09/08/88 123.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- Retired in March 2000.
 
GALAXY 10R* [C-KU] 1/24/00 123.0 deg W
Part of the "Galaxy Cable Neighborhood".
 
GALAXY 10 [C-KU] 08/26/98 123.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- Failure of Delta 3 launch vehicle.
 
GALAXY 7 [C-KU] 10/27/92 125.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE - Failure of backup space control processor 11/22/00
 
GSTAR 2 [KU] 03/28/88 125.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- Retired in August, 1997
 
GALAXY 5 [C] 03/13/92 125.0 deg W
Part of the "Galaxy Cable Neighborhood".
 
GALAXY 9* [C] 05/23/96 127.0 deg W
TVN Pay-Per-View is a major tenant.
Moved from 123 dgr W upon successful testing of Galaxy 10R.
 
TELSTAR 7 [C-KU] 09/25/99 129.0 deg W
Began providing service to cable headends in Nov., 1999.
 
SATCOM C3 [C] 09/10/92 131.0 deg W
Primarily used for delivery of programming to cable headends.
 
GALAXY 1R [C] 02/19/94 133.0 deg W
Part of "Galaxy Cable Neighborhood".
 
SATCOM C4 [C] 08/31/92 135.0 deg W
Used for Pay-Per-View and transmission to cable headends.
 
AMC-7 [C] 9/14/00 137.0 deg W
Replacement for Satcom C1. Service for regional and national cable television programmers.
 
SATCOM C5 [C] 05/21/91 139.0 deg W
OUT OF SERVICE -- Deorbited in March, 2001
 
AMC-8 [C] 12/19/00 139.0 deg W
Replacement for SATCOM C5. Service for regional and national cable television programmers.
 
ECHOSTAR 1 [BSS/KU] 12/28/95 148.0 deg W
in-transit
Orbital location identified by the FCC as Non-full CONUS
 
ORBITAL POSITION APPROVED FOR BSS SERVICE 148.+- dgr W
ECHOSTAR 1 [BSS/KU]
12/28/95
148.0 dgr W
ECHOSTAR 2 [BSS/KU]
09/10/96
148.0 dgr W
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