Express-AMU1, the new Russian heavy telecoms satellite, has been successfully translated from the geo-transfer to the geo-stationary orbit. The spacecraft solar panels have now been fully deployed.
On 1 January 2016, following the deployment of all onboard antennas, the Express-AMU1 satellite was oriented toward the earth. A team of specialists from the spacecraft manufacturer entity and RSCC are currently proceeding with in-orbit tests of the AMU1 space platform, whereupon payload tests will commence.
The plan is to commission the Express-AMU1 satellite in February 2016, after completing flight-and-structural tests and settling the spacecraft at the 36 degrees East slot.
Concerning the orbiting of Express-AMU1
On 25 December 2015 at 00:31:19 msk, the satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board a Proton-M / Breeze-M launch vehicle. The spacecraft separated from the Breeze-M upper stage at 09:43:19 msk.
Express-AMU1, a high-tech satellite, is outfitted with transponders in the Ku- and Ка-bands and is intended to support the development of TV and radio broadcasting services, including DBS and broadband data, in the European part of the Russian Federation and in sub-Saharan Africa. The Express-AMU1 satellite will have a 15-year service life expectancy.
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.