AMERICOM Government Services, Inc. (AGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, has completed the transition of several of its government clients to AMERICOM's newest satellite, AMERICOM-9 (AMC-9). The hybrid satellite, launched by ILS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 6, 2003, is designed to support the transmission of digital video, data networking, and telecommunications services for federal agencies such as the US Air Force, the Commerce Department/ NOAA Program, NASA, FBI, and the US Army.
Operating from 85 degrees West orbital position, AMC-9 delivers telecommunications services throughout North America, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. AMC-9 is a hybrid spacecraft, featuring twenty-four 36 MHz C-band transponders and twenty-four 36 MHz Ku-band transponders providing increased quality and flexibility of services. AMC-9 becomes the 16th operational satellite in the AMERICOM fleet and has a design life of 15 years.