Express-AM8 telecommunications satellite goes into orbit
A telecommunications satellite Express-AM8 designed and built by Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company was successfully launched into orbit from the Baikonur cosmodrome on September 14, 2015.
A Proton-M / DM-03 rocket carrying the Express-AM8 satellite lifted off at 22.00 Moscow Time. The satellite have reached its intended orbit and performed Sun acquisition. The telemetry data received from the satellite confirmed that all its solar arrays had deployed and the onboard instruments functioned nominally.
The Express-AM8 satellite was constructed by ISS-Reshetnev on the base of its middle-class platform Express-1000HTB under a contract with Russia’s satellite fleet operator RSCC (Russian Satellite Communications Company). The satellite is equipped with 42 active transponders operating in C-, Ku- and L- frequency bands. Having a mass of around 2100 kilograms, Express-AM8 is capable of providing some 5880 W of payload power and is expected to carry out its mission in orbit for at least 15 years.
The telecommunications satellite Express-AM8 is designed to provide presidential and government as well as fixed and mobile communications services, digital television and radio broadcasting services, high-speed Internet access and data transmission to Russia and other countries of Europe, Africa and both Americas.