June 1st, 2010
International Launch Services... Yes To YAMAL Sats
The 3,150 kg YAMAL 401 satellite, to be launched directly into geostationary orbit will be built by Russian spacecraft manufacturer ISS Reshetnev with a Thales Alenia Space payload. The YAMAL 402 satellite will be built by Thales Alenia Space and weigh approximately 5,250 kg. YAMAL 402 will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit to provide fixed communications and transmission services over Russia, CIS, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the orbital location of 55 degrees East longitude. Both YAMAL 400-series satellites will have an anticipated service life of 15 years. The Proton vehicle is Russia’s premier heavy lift launcher and is built by Khrunichev, the majority owner of ILS. Proton has a long heritage, with over 355 launches performed since its maiden flight in 1965.