Yamal-401 payload module structure arrives safely to France
the payload module structure made by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems for the Yamal-401 spacecraft was sent via air transportation to the French division of Thales Alenia Space.
The shipment of the structure to Toulouse went off according to plan. Thales Alenia Space experts will soon integrate transponders into the payload structure and then subject it to electrical testing. It is anticipated that work on the payload module structure will be completed within 7 months.
The telecommunications satellite Yamal-401 is being built by the Reshetnev Company for the Russian operator Gazprom Space Systems. Being prime contractor under the project, ISS-Reshetnev is responsible for the design and manufacture of the platform and payload module structure, the spacecraft’s integration and verification as well as establishment of the ground command and control complex.
In accordance with the contract, Gazprom Space Systems is to provide the payload module for the satellite, which is developed jointly with Thales Alenia Space.
Yamal-401 is based on the Express-2000 platform’s modification and is intended to deliver top-quality communications, broadcasting and data transmission services for users across Russia. The spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2013.