does anyone know whether either location, 74 and 79, is just going to be dead air, or is some older satellite going to move in to replace them? Makes a difference to me with my fixed dishes and multiple LNBs . I already have a move planned out if it is dead air, and it involves changes to three dishes, so I wouldn't mind knowing whether to wait or move (before winter sets in!).
I was looking for 79 (AMC5)-11903 H 2170 this morning, don't see anything from this bird any more. Anyone else getting it?
SES indicated some time ago that they planned to reduce their North American fleet so they could move existing birds to more fertile pastures. They did not explicitly identify which orbital positions would be affected at that time. Since then they filed with the FCC to move AMC-2 to service Europe and said they were moving 79W customers to other satellites. SES wanted to move AMC-2 about this time, so it's not surprising there isn't any activity. That leaves AMC-5 at 79W in an inclined orbit, which I believe is nearly out of gas. It's always possible SES is keeping AMC-5 there as long as they can as a placeholder. They could decide to move one of the birds supplanted by SES-2 or SES-3 (AMC-3@87W and AMC-1@103W), but there are no filings to indicate such plans. I've seen nothing regarding a Horizons 2 (74W) replacement.
I understand AMC5 is inclined orbit but AMC2 is still there. I think the whole conversation revolves around the satellite at 79W (whatever name you want to use) and the lack of signals on there this past week
I just read that SES has filed to move AMC 5 to 80.9 West from 79.1 West
Interesting - maybe my information on AMC-5 being low on fuel was wrong. So AMC-2 is about to depart any day for service to Sweden, and AMC-5 is going to move to 81W, possibly to service Argentina, or at least fall under their authority. That will leave a hole at 79W unless SES plans to move something else there in the short term. According to the latest AMC-5 filing, they plan to return AMC-2 back to 79W following a successful launch of SES-5.
satman51 and pendragon, thanks for the information. I think I am going to leave my dishes/LNBs as they are for now and wait and see if anything moves into either 74 or 79 (for example, where is AMC-3 going when it is replaced by SES-2?).
A quick question to both of you, where is the best place (and easiest way) to get the above information that you gave (I have looked at the FCC website, but it certainly isn't too user friendly trying to find the information)?