Meeting concerning new satellites to be made by ISS-Reshetnev
Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company announced the key operational milestones for manufacture of its new communications and broadcasting satellites Express-80 and Express-103.
Implementation timeline for the manufacture of the Express-80 and Express-103 telecommunications satellites was approved following the results of a meeting that had taken place in Moscow on February 6, 2017. The meeting was chaired by Igor Chursin, deputy head of the Federal Communications Agency, and attended by Nikolay Testoyedov, general director of ISS-Reshetnev Company, Yuriy Prokhorov, general director of the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and Yuriy Vlasov, deputy head of the ROSCOSMOS State Corporation.
The meeting was focused on the discussion of the manufacture, testing and commissioning of the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites. They are currently being built around ISS-Reshetnev’s medium-class platform Express-1000HM and are intended to be launched in orbit together aboard one vehicle.
One of the main features of this project is that Express-80 and Express-103 will be the first Russian satellites launched in pair and performing a transit to the intended obit using electric propulsion. This is due to the fact that the cumulative mass of the two satellites is more than a Proton-M/Breeze-M launch vehicle can inject directly to the orbit 35 800 kilometers above the Earth’s equator. Previously such a technique of raising a satellite from a transfer orbit to the final orbit has been successfully implemented during the launch campaigns for ISS-Reshetnev’s heavy-class Express-AM5 and Express-AM6 satellites.
Express-80 and Express-103 are due to launch in late 2019, reach the final orbit, undergo flight tests and enter service in 2020.