March 15, 2021 saw the commissioning of Express-80 communications and broadcasting satellite. The satellite belongs to the RSCC orbital constellation at 80° E. The Express-80 flight tests were carried out in full and with positive results.
The Express-80 satellite is designed to support as follows: fixed and mobile services; digital TV and radio broadcasting; high-speed Internet access, and data transmission in the Russian Federation and abroad.
"The orbital slot of the Express-80 spacecraft at 80° E east longitude. i.e. over the very center of Russia, makes it possible to provide state-of-the-art and reliable communications and broadcasting services to users almost anywhere in our country, says Yuri Prokhorov, the RSCC Acting General Director. “With the launch of the new satellite, we are offering the market fundamentally new products that are in high demand on the market today: packet digital broadcasting, Internet access in air and sea transport, distance education and telemedicine.”
The Express-80 spacecraft was launched into geostationary orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 31, 2020. The satellite was manufactured by the leading Russian enterprise in the rocket and space industry - JSC ISS Reshetnev Company jointly with Europe’s Thales Alenia Space company. The Express-80 spacecraft service life is 15 years.