(Cannes, August 15 , 2008) -- The AMC-21 communication satellite built by Thales Alenia Space was successfully launched on August 14 by an Ariane 5 ECA from Kourou, French Guiana. This satellite will be operated by SES AMERICOM from the 125 degrees West orbital position.
Thales Alenia Space acted as prime contractor and communications payload supplier of the Star-2 spacecraft that was built, integrated and tested by Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, VA.
The AMC-21 satellite will transmit mobile applications and TV broadcasting throughout the Continental United States (CONUS), Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Central America.
AMC-21 is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders, each 36 MHz in bandwidth and will have an operational life time of 15 years. Weighing about 2,500 kilograms at launch and having 6 kW of electrical power, it will initiate Ku-band service at 125oWest.