Well, if you don't like the news, keep in mind Ku-only Horizons 2 is supposed to be moving (back) to 74 °W by the end of the year. Whether or not there will be video there is unknown.Well, aren't you a Debbie Downer today.
The license for AMC-6 was extended out to November of 2023 and I'm pretty sure I remember reading that there would be enough fuel to maintain geostationary orbit for a few years after that even. That satellite suffered a malfunction of its solar array several years ago which results in not all of the available transponders being usable simultaneously. I wonder if that is somehow a factor in how long that satellite is expected to last.Hi All,
I guess SES has faith that 20 year old AMC 6 will be able to continue long past it’s retirement date which was 2015.
That is not the reason for the move, but it is part of the narrative.There's a swap going on. AMC-6 is moving from 83 °W to 139 °W and AMC-18 will move from 139 °W to 83 °W. Apparently, SES wants to modify the footprint of the satellite at 139 °W to include more of northern Canada, but needs a different satellite than AMC-18 to do so.
AMC-6 will only be used for C-band at 139 °W and AMC-18 only has a C-band payload, so unless something else is moved to 83 °W, there won't be any Ku traffic there.
The narrative filed with the FCC - https://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=2411746
I find those C/N numbers curious, using commercial equipment we would have no chance to lock at 5.5db C/N. Link budget is usually around 17 db, with a fade margin of 5-6 db. When the operators uplink drops a few DB they get complaints from the villages on loss of video.