[Satnews] Following the completion of in-orbit testing, Russia’s new communications and broadcasting satellite, Express-AM8, has been commissioned, as of December 1, 2015, at its nominal orbital slot, 14 degrees West.
Express-AM8 is intended for TV broadcasting services (including those under the Federal Target Program called Development of TV and Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation in 2009-2018), data and Internet access, corporate and agency-owned communications networks, as well as communications services for marine and other mobile objects. The coverage zones of Express-AM8 in the Ð¡- and Ku-bands include Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.
The Express-AM8 spacecraft was orbited by a Proton-M / DM3 Upper Stage on September 14, 2015, from Baikonur. The spacecraft was manufactured by JSC Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company and has a service life of 15 years.
“By commissioning the Express-AM8 satellite, RSCC completes the implementation of the Development of TV and Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation in 2009-2018 Federal Target Program in respect of the orbital constellation deployment," said RSCC Director-General Yuri Prokhorov. “Thanks to satellite technologies, 98 percent of Russia’s residents have access to digital broadcasts. Our Company has fulfilled its obligations to build the space segment and terrestrial infrastructure for distributing generic TV/radio digital packages across Russia.”