[SatNews] Located at 53 degrees E, one of RSCC’s key orbital slots, the Express-AM6 satellite will be able to support reliable coverage of Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Thus, from now on, the RSCC’s satellite constellation will be 11-strong (including seven satellites of the Express-AM series and two DBS satellites of the Express-AT series).(including the services under the Federal Target Program, “Development of TV/Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation in 2009-2015”), high-speed data transmission and broadband access to information resources (in the prospective ÐšÐ°-band), multimedia, telephony and mobile communications in the European Russia, Urals and Western Siberia. The Express-AM6 capacity is planned to be used for international projects to meet the requirements of domestic and international users in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
"Express-AM6 has started operation according to the schedule and experts' forecasts. The Russian constellation development not only enhance the reliability of the satellite system, but also helps to protect the orbital slots," says the Head of the Russian Federal Communications Agency Oleg Dukhovnitsky.
The commissioning of the Express-AM6 satellite will cause the Express-AM22, currently operating at 53 degrees E, to be subsequently transferred to the 80 degrees E slot.
The Russian Express-AM6 was manufactured for RSCC by the Reshetnev ISS Company, JSC, in conjunction with the Radio Research Institute (Russia) and MDA Corporation (Canada). The Express-AM6 has been built in keeping with the Federal Target Program, “Development of TV/Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation in 2009-2015” in the framework of Russia’s Federal Space Program up to the year 2015. The Express-AM6 satellite is based on the Express-2000 platform and equipped with 72 transponders in the C-, Ku-, Ka- and L-bands whose total capacity exceeds 2700 MHz). The satellite active lifetime is 15 years.
The Russian Satellite Communication Company (RSCC) is the Russian state satellite operator whose spacecraft provides global coverage. RSCC was founded in 1967 and belongs to the 10 largest world satellite operators in terms of satellites and orbital slots. The company possesses the largest satellite constellation in Russia. Satellites located in the orbital arc from 14 West to 145 East and cover the whole territory of Russia, the CIS, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific region, North and South America, and Australia.
As the national satellite operator, RSCC provides mobile presidential and governmental communications, federal TV and Radio signal transmission over the territory of Russia and the most countries of the world. RSCC provides a full range of communications and broadcasting services using its own terrestrial engineering facilities and satellite constellation, which includes satellites Express-AM, Express-AT, Express-A, and a part of the French 36A satellite capacity.