Telecommunications Satellite


Feedsee Satellites : Telecommunications Satellite : Optimized for next-generation programming services including high-definition channels

In 2006, the AMC-18 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for SES GLOBAL, was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana. AMC-18 was an advanced C-band satellite that carried twenty-four 36 MHz C-band transponders used to provide cable programming and broadcast services to the 50 United States and the Caribbean. AMC-18 provided more than fifteen years of design life and expanded SES AMERICOM's fleet of satellites, which provide distribution of cable, broadcast television and radio, telecommunications services, business television, and broadband data throughout the Americas and transoceanic regions. Optimized for next-generation programming services, AMC-18 also carried high-definition channels. The A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series was designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum, and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band and S-band payloads.

Satellites have greatly improved worldwide telecommunications in numerous ways, providing the backbone for many of our current communication services. Here are a few key ways satellites have made a difference:

  1. Global Coverage: Satellites can cover large parts of the Earth's surface, enabling communication services in remote and hard-to-reach areas where laying physical cables isn't feasible or cost-effective. This has helped connect people in rural and remote regions to the rest of the world.
  2. Broadcast Services: Satellites play a crucial role in broadcasting television and radio signals worldwide, allowing for the simultaneous distribution of content to millions of viewers and listeners. Satellite TV and radio services have transformed entertainment and news distribution.
  3. Internet Access: Satellite broadband has been instrumental in providing internet access to locations where terrestrial broadband is unavailable. This has been especially important for people living in rural and remote areas.
  4. Disaster Recovery and Emergency Communications: In the event of natural disasters or emergencies where terrestrial communications are damaged, satellites can provide critical communication links for rescue and recovery efforts.
  5. Telephony: Satellite telephony has been particularly beneficial for maritime, aeronautical, and remote land-based communications where other forms of telephony aren't possible.
  6. Global Positioning System (GPS): Satellites enable GPS, which has revolutionized navigation and precise timing for countless industries worldwide, from transportation and logistics to mobile technology and emergency services.
  7. Real-Time Communications: Satellites facilitate real-time communication links between different parts of the world, supporting international teleconferencing, telemedicine, and remote education.
  8. Data Services: Satellites can handle vast amounts of data, providing services like weather monitoring, earth observation, and scientific research.

Satellites have brought about a communication revolution, making global connectivity a reality and paving the way for further advancements in the digital age.