Orbited on 25 December 2015, the Express-AMU1, Russia’s new heavy telecoms satellite, has been commissioned for service after successfully completing flight tests
On 10 February 2016, the Russian national satellite communications operator RSCC has begun communications and broadcasting services using Express-AMU1, its latest heavy satellite, positioned at 36˚ East. The new satellite has been commissioned for service after successfully completing flight tests. The Express-AMU1 satellite opens up new opportunities to provide high-quality services to users in the European part of Russia, Central Europe, and in sub-Saharan Africa.
The satellite is intended for DTH involving Russia’s largest TV platforms, as well as for broadband data and internet access, mobile, and other state-of-the-art satellite services in the Ku- and Ka-bands.
The Express-AMU1 satellite was manufactured on orders of RSCC under the Federal Space Program of the Russian Federation for 2006 – 2015. The building of the satellite was funded using extra-budgetary sources based on credits from Gazprombank JSC. The satellite will have a 15-year service life expectancy.