SES Americom Bird Launches Successfully


SES Americom Inc. said Thursday that its “Americom-12 (AMC-12)” satellite launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:27 p.m. (EST) Wednesday.

The company added that AMC-12 was placed into geostationary-target orbit at 6:46 a.m. Thursday.

The C-band satellite will undergo payload and performance testing at 67.5 degrees west in preparation for operation from the 37.5 degrees west orbital position. If all goes well, AMC-12 will be ready to support the transmission of digital-video and data services in three regional beams -- North America, South America and Europe/Africa -- by April, SES Americom said.