Express-AM8 enters service
The Express-AM8 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS-Reshetnev Company), has begun providing commercial service.
ISS-Reshetnev team successfully completed all the required procedures and prepared the satellite for operation. Launched into orbit earlier in mid-September, the satellite was fully handed over to its customer on December 1.
Express-AM8 is intended to provide digital television and radio broadcasting, high-speed Internet access, fixed and mobile communications services. From its orbital position of 14 degrees West, Express-AM8 ensures extended coverage of Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
The satellite was manufactured by ISS-Reshetnev under a contract with the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC). ISS-Reshetnev’s Express-1000HTB platform on which the satellite is based provides 5600 W of payload power. Express-AM8 carries 42 transponders in C-, Ku- and L- frequency bands and has a 15-year designed active lifespan.