Blagovest reaches intended orbit
ISS-Reshetnev Company’s new telecommunications satellite, Blagovest, which was launched on August 17 has finally arrived at its position at the geostationary orbit.
Upon arrival at the intended orbit, Blagovest’s mechanical systems, including its solar arrays and antennas, were successfully deployed. The satellite completed Sun acquisition and transmits all the necessary telemetry to the ground. When the satellite performs Earth acquisition ground specialists will begin checking out the performance of all its systems.
Blagovest №11 was designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company around its heavy-class Express-2000 platform. It is the first satellite which is equipped with a payload fully developed and constructed by the company on its own. Blagovest is intended to provide high-speed Internet access, data communications, television and radio broadcasting, telephony and videoconferencing services using increasingly attractive Ka and Q frequency bands.