RSCC and JSC “Gazprom Space Systems” (“GSS”) sign agreement to set up satellite assembly operation

The purpose of the agreement is to maximize the efficiency of two Russian operators and enhance satellite communications and broadcasting/telecasting services in the interests of advancing the economy and international links of the Russian Federation.

Moscow, 10 September 2013 – RSCC and GSS have signed an agreement to set a satellite assembly operation.

Under the agreement and subject to successful implementation by GSS of a spacecraft assembly operation using its production facilities, RSS will be ready to consider GSS proposals regarding new spacecraft as part of the efforts to renovate the domestic constellation of satellites for telecommunications and broadcasting for civil purposes, and compliance with applicable fair competition laws and procurement procedures.

While so doing, RSCC is working on its program of satellite constellation development for the period until 2030, envisaging at least 15 new telecommunications/broadcasting satellites to be ordered and orbited until 2025. For its part, GSS is developing a program for a new satellite constellation to include 21 remote sensing/earth observation satellites (6 radar, 3 high-detail, 12 small spacecraft), and 6 new telecommunications satellites.

Commenting on the signature of the Agreement, Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC General Director, expressed hope that the proposed “new Russian spacecraft assembly facility will help create a healthy competitive environment among Russian space hardware manufacturers and, consequently, to enhance the quality, of services being provided by the domestic telecommunications and broadcasting operators both in the Russian and international markets of telecommunications services.”

Nikolai Sevastaianov, GSS General Designer, noted that “to address the task of building domestic state-of-the-art reliable communications and earth observation spacecraft,  we first need to build new production facilities in Russia, implement modern technologies and on that basis produce up-to-date competitive space hardware.”