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Via Satellite: Express-AM6 Launch Revives RSCC’s Constellation Renewal Efforts

On Oct. 21 a Proton rocket carried the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) Express AM6 satellite into orbit. The government launch marks the second consecutive successful Proton mission since its May failure, and gives a fresh restart to RSCC’s fleet renewal plan.

On Oct. 21 a Proton rocket carried the Russian Satellite Communications Company(RSCC) Express AM6 satellite into orbit. The government launch marks the second consecutive successful Proton mission since its May failure, and gives a fresh restart to RSCC’s fleet renewal plan.

Originally RSCC intended to conduct five launches this year, with a final sixth launch in 2015. But Proton’s launch failure earlier this year put a freeze on launches for roughly four months and claimed RSCC’s Express AM4R — a replacement satellite for Express AM4 that never reached its proper orbit. The most recent launch is RSCC’s first successfully orbited satellite since the Express AT1 and AT2 Proton dual launch in March. Now that Proton launches have resumed, RSCC is eager to maintain a healthy cadence.

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