AM6 will be stationed in at 53 ° East and will provide coverage of European Russia, the Urals and Western Siberia as well as the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
On October 22, 2014 the Russian communications and broadcasting satellite Express-AM6 was launched into orbit. A Proton-M rocket booster took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (space launch facility) on October 21, 2014 at 19.09 (Moscow time). The new Express-AM6 heavy-class space vehicle will be deployed into geostationary orbit at 53 ° East, from where it will provide coverage of European Russia, the Urals and Western Siberia as well as the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
The Express-AM6 has been built based in consideration of the domestic market outlook for satellite communications and broadcasting services as set out in the Federal Target Program 'Development of TV and Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation for 2009-2015' under the Federal Space Program of Russia until 2015. The satellite will provide additional infrastructure to make multi-program digital television and radio broadcasting services, including HD television, accessible to the Russia's western regions. The AM6 space vehicle is also designed to furnish mobile presidential and governmental communications, broadband Internet and multi-service access capabilities (digital TV, telephony, video conferencing and data transmission) as well as to set up VSAT communications networks in European Russia, the Urals and Western Siberia. Apart from that, the Express-AM6 satellite is proposed to be used for international projects to benefit Russian and foreign users in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The Express-AM6 satellite is expected to be commissioned at 53°East in the first quarter of 2015 after completion of requisite flight tests and inspection of all on-board systems.