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Satellite Today: RSCC’s Express AM8 Satellite Enters Service

The newest satellite in Russian Satellite Communications Company’s fleet, Express AM8, was commissioned today, Dec. 1, at its nominal orbital slot of 14 degrees West. Express AM8 launched in September 2015 aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The newest satellite in Russian Satellite Communications Company’s fleet, Express AM8, was commissioned today, Dec. 1, at its nominal orbital slot of 14 degrees West. Express AM8 launched in September 2015 aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

JSC Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company (ISS-Reshetnev) manufactured the spacecraft, which has a service life of 15 years. Express AM8 is intended for TV broadcasting services, data and Internet access, corporate and agency-owned communications networks, as well as communications services for marine and other mobile objects. The coverage zones of Express AM8 in the С- and Ku-bands include Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

RSCC’s fleet consists of 13 satellites that together provide global coverage, along with associated ground infrastructure.

Satellite Today, Caleb Henry

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