Geostationary telecommunication satellites Express-AMU3 and Express-AMU7 have been successfully commissioned at positions 103° E and 145° E respectively. They were launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in December 2021. Now the RSCC orbital constellation consists of 13 spacecraft.
“Today, RSCC not only has the largest constellation of geostationary communications and broadcasting satellites in Russia. As evidenced by data, commissioning of two new satellites makes the company the fourth in the world among the largest satellite operators in terms of the number of GSO satellites and capacity in the C and Ku bands,” said Alexey Volin, Director General of Russian Satellite Communications Company.
In addition to conventional C- and Ku-band antennas covering the territory of the Russian Federation from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, as well as Central Asian countries of the CIS, Express-AMU3 is equipped with a multi-beam antenna system of five beams that form a high-energy service area in the territory of the Russian Federation, which makes it possible to obtain a high data transmission rate and use small-sized user stations.
Express-AMU7, in turn, will increase the reliability of federal TV broadcasting in four zones in the east of Russia and will be involved in the reservation of existing VSAT networks. Due to this satellite, Express-AM5 located nearby at 140° E will be used more efficiently and increase the scope of services provided to customers in Southeast Asia. Both satellites will also be used to develop maritime services on the Northern Sea Route and the Far East.