JSC Academician M.F. ReshetnevInformation Satellite Systems
Express-AM33 satellite in the acoustic chamber

“Express-AM33” undergoes UHF tests at NPO PM

Reshetnev NPO PM and Thales Alenia Space specialists accomplished UHF electric test works for the “Express-AM33” satellite.

The tests began on November 21 by joint efforts of experts from NPO PM and Thales and now are successfully accomplished. The spacecraft’s systems and its output characteristics have been examined.

As soon as the final electric examinations are done, notes the “EXPRESS-AM” program manager in NPO PM Alexander Dostovalov, the specialists will start preparation works for the satellite to be delivered to the launch site Baikonur. They plan to deliver “Express-AM33” to Baikonur in the beginning of January.

A new spacecraft “Express-AM33” was created in the shortest time. It is equipped with Ku-, C- and L-bands transponders and differs from other “Express-AM” spacecrafts in higher output power and new antennas. The new spacecraft launch mass is 2600 kg, lifetime – 12 years. The satellite mission is to provide communication, TV & radio broadcasting, multimedia and data transmitting, mobile official call service.

The telecom satellite “Express-AM44” is being produced by NPO PM in cooperation with Thales Alenia Space under the State contract with Roskosmos, Ministry of Information Technologies and Russian Satellite Communication Company.

Reshetnev NPO PM is responsible for the satellite building on the whole including its operation systems’ module, payload module construction and L-band devices.

Thales Alenia Space supplies NPO PM with a payload module according to the contract with RSCC.

The “Express-AM” satellites are meant to replenish the national orbital constellation. The modern telecom satellites are characterized by a long lifetime, larger number of transponders and more intensive signal therefore simplifying the system’s ground segment.