Express-AM5 and Express-AM6

In 2009 the Russian Satellite Communications Company and ISS-Reshetnev signed a contract for the manufacture of two next-generation telecommunications satellites. According to the terms of the contract ISS-Reshetnev will design, manufacture, test, conduct pre-launch preparations and in-orbit commissioning of the Express-AM5 and Express-AM6 satellites. The new satellites will involve a collaborative effort between ISS-Reshetnev and its industrial partners.

Thus, the Canadian company MDA will supply the repeater and antenna subsystems; NIIR will design and manufacture payload modules and perform integration of the on-board repeater equipment.

The Express-AM5 and AM6 spacecraft are designed to provide mobile presidential and governmental communications, digital television and radio broadcasting services, multimedia services (telephony, videoconferencing, data transmission, access to the Internet) and VSAT networks.

The 3400-kg satellites will accommodate C-, Ku-, Ka- and L-band transponders. The spacecraft have been designed to operate for 15 years and generate no less than 14 kW of payload power. Express AM-5 and Express-AM6 are based on ISS-Reshetnev’s unified satellite platform, Express-2000.

Both satellites are scheduled for launch in 2013. They will be positioned at 140°E and 53° E.