RU

SPACENEWS: News from Satellite 2014

Andrey Kirillovich, RSCC’s director for integration services and turnkey projects, said... Express-AM5, whose payload was provided by MDA Corp. of Canada with a platform built by ISS Reshetnev of Russia, is in good health at its operation location at 140 degrees east.

Russian satellites for decades have been using electric propulsion to maintain their position stably in geostationary orbit. Typically these satellites have launched aboard the heavy-lift Proton rocket, which can carry them directly to final geostationary position.

But the Russian Satellite Communications Co. of Moscow recently experimented with using electric propulsion to perform the full orbit-raising task. RSCC’s Express-AM5, launched aboard a Proton in December, reached its final operating position only in March as it used its electric thrusters to perform the orbit-raising maneuver.

Andrey Kirillovich, RSCC’s director for integration services and turnkey projects, said March 13 that the satellite’s thrusters performed as designed. He said Express-AM5, whose payload was provided by MDA Corp. of Canada with a platform built by ISS Reshetnev of Russia, is in good health at its operation location at 140 degrees east.

Press