AMC-18 is a geostationary Lockheed Martin A2100A communications satellite owned by SES Americom. It was launched on December 8, 2006 from Kourou aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle and is situated at 105° west longitude, providing coverage of North America with twenty-four C band transponders of 12-18 watts each. Future users in May 2007 include The CW Television Network, NASA TV and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, among other services.
AMC-18 is used by thousands of terrestrial radio stations for network feeds using ground equipment from Starguide, X-Digital Systems, Wegener and International Datacasting. Major tenants are Cumulus Media Networks Satellite Services (which includes Citadel Media, Westwood One Networks, Talk Radio Network, WOR Radio Network and others), Skyview Networks (which includes ABC News, ABC Radio, California News Network, Arizona News Network, numerous Professional and Collegian Sports networks, and others), Orbital Media Networks (which includes United Stations Radio Networks, John Tesh, and others), Premiere Radio Networks, Dial Global, Westwood One, Learfield Communications, The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show, etc.
The spacecraft can deliver and receive signals from 50 states, the Caribbean and Mexico and has been designated as the third HD-PRIME satellite.
The satellite has an expected lifetime of at least 15 years.
|Operator||SES Americom (2006-09)|
SES World Skies (2009-11)
|Mission duration||15 years|
|Launch mass||2,081 kilograms (4,588 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||8 December 2006, 22:08 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 5ECA V174|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
|Perigee||35,777 kilometres (22,231 mi)|
|Apogee||35,807 kilometres (22,249 mi)|
|Epoch||29 October 2013, 07:39:07 UTC|
|Band||24 C band|
|Coverage area||North America|
|Amp type||SSPA, 20 watts|
|Amp Redundancy:||16 for 12|
|Receiver redundancy:||4 for 2|
|Coverage:||50 state, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean|
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AMC-8, also known as Americom-8 and Aurora III, previously GE-8, is a C-band satellite located at 139° West, covering the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is owned and operated by SES World Skies, formerly SES Americom and before that GE Americom. The satellite, provides critical telecommunications services to AT&T Alascom which occupies most of the satellite's capacity. AMC-8 was launched in 2000 as GE-8, and replaced Satcom C-5 in March 2001.
AMC-8 was used by thousands of terrestrial radio stations for network feeds using ground equipment from Starguide, X-Digital Systems, Wegener and International Datacasting. Major tenants were Cumulus Media Networks Satellite Services (which includes Citadel Media, Talk Radio Network, WOR Radio Network and others), Skyview Networks (which includes ABC News, ABC Radio, California News Network, Arizona News Network, numerous Professional and Collegian Sports networks, and others), Orbital Media Networks (which includes United Stations Radio Networks, John Tesh, and others), Premiere Radio Networks, Dial Global, Westwood One, Learfield Communications, The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show (Transponder 15), and others. However, these were moved over to another satellite, AMC-18. Audio network transmissions on AMC-8 ended as of midnight June 30, 2017.
Since AMC-8 is past its design life, it will soon be decommissioned. As of July 1, 2017 there are no plans to put another satellite in AMC-8's orbital slot (139 degrees).
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As of February 2015, the channel is available to approximately 59,917,000 pay television households (51.5% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.BET Soul
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As of January 2016, approximately 89,824,000 American households (77.169 percent of households with TV) receive Bravo.CMT Music
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The network primarily broadcasts reality programming related to home improvement and real estate. As of February 2015, approximately 95,628,000 American households (82.2% of households with television) receive HGTV. In 2016, HGTV overtook CNN as the third most-watched cable channel in the United States, behind Fox News and ESPN.Headend in the Sky
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At a traditional cable television headend, multitudes of satellite dishes and antennas are used to grab cable stations from dozens of communication satellites. In contrast, HITS combines cable stations into multiplex signals on just a few satellites; cable television companies can then pull in hundreds of channels at the local headend with relatively little equipment; the HITS feed effectively replaces the more complex traditional headend operations.
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KHLO (850 AM) is a radio station licensed to Hilo, Hawaii, United States. The station serves the Hilo area. The station is currently owned by First Assembly King's Cathedral and Chapels.KHLO has gone silent rather than repoint the satellite dish that received its programming from satellite AMC-8, which was taken out of service at midnight on June 30, 2017. AMC-8 has been replaced by AMC-18, which is at a different location in the sky, requiring repointing the station's dish.KKON
KKON (790 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Kealakekua, Hawaii. The station is owned by First Assembly King's Cathedral and Chapels.The station was assigned the KKON call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.KKON has gone silent rather than repoint the satellite dish that received its programming from satellite AMC-8, which was taken out of service at midnight on June 30, 2017. AMC-8 has been replaced by AMC-18, which is at a different location in the sky, requiring repointing the station's dish.. Shortly before being off the air for a year, KKON temporarily emerged from silence from June 11th to 13th, 2018 before going silent again.KPHX
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Satellites operated by SES S.A.
New Horizons | Daichi | EchoStar X | Himawari 7 | Akari · CUTE-1.7 + APD | Arabsat-4A | SpainSat-1 · Hot Bird 7A | ST-5 | FalconSAT-2 | Soyuz TMA-8 | JCSAT-5A | COSMIC | Astra 1KR | Progress M-56 | EROS-B | Yaogan 1 | CALIPSO · CloudSat | Kosmos 2420 | GOES 13 | Satmex 6 · Thaicom 5 | Resurs-DK No.1 | KazSat-1 | Galaxy 16 | USA-187 · USA-188 · USA-189 | Progress M-57 | Kosmos 2421 | USA-184 | STS-121 (MPLM) | INSAT-4C | Genesis I | Kosmos 2422 | BelKA · Baumanets · PicPot · SACRED · ION · Rincon 1 · ICECube-1 · KUTESat Pathfinder · SEEDS · nCube · HAUSAT-1 · MEROPE · CP-2 · AeroCube-1 · CP-1 · Mea Huaka'i · ICECube-2 | Arirang-2 | Hot Bird 8 | JCSAT-3A · Syracuse 3B | Koreasat 5 | Shijian 8 | STS-115 (ITS P3/4) | IGS-3A | Chinasat-22A | Kosmos 2423 | Soyuz TMA-9 | Hinode · HIT-SAT · SSSAT | USA-190 | DirecTV-9S · Optus D1 · LDREX | MetOp-A | Progress M-58 | Shijian 6C · Shijian 6D | STEREO | Sinosat-2 | XM-4 | USA-191 | Badr-4 | USA-192 | Fengyun 2-05 | WildBlue 1 · AMC-18 | STS-116 (ITS P5 · SpaceHab LSM · ANDE-MAA · ANDE-FACL · RAFT1 · MARScom · MEPSI-2) | MEASAT-3 | USA-193 | TacSat-2 · GeneSat | Kiku 8 | SAR-Lupe 1 | Meridian 1 | Kosmos 2424 · Kosmos 2425 · Kosmos 2426 | CoRoT
Payloads are separated by bullets ( · ), launches by pipes ( | ). Manned flights are indicated in bold text. Uncatalogued launch failures are listed in italics. Payloads deployed from other spacecraft are denoted in brackets.