Express-AM6 satellite lofted into orbit
The Express-AM6 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on
Liftoff of the Proton-M/Breeze-M rocket carrying Express-AM6 occurred at 19:09 Moscow Time, and after that at 04:31 the satellite successfully separated from the upper stage. Soon it will begin its journey to the intended orbital position using its own electric engines. It’s expected that Express-AM6 will reach its final slot in the geostationary orbit in early 2015.
The first communications session with the satellite confirmed that all its mechanical systems had deployed normally and Express-AM6 was pointed towards the Sun.
Express-AM6 is the second satellite manufactured on the base of ISS-Reshetnev’s heavy-class Express-2000 platform. With mass estimated at 3 358 kilograms, the satellite is to provide 12.1 kW of payload power. Express-AM6 has a projected active lifespan of 15 years.
When building the satellite, ISS-Reshetnev Company introduced a new improved high-pressure xenon tank. Being a part of the satellite’s platform, it will enable Express-AM6 to carry its mission for the designed 15 years and even longer.
Express-AM6’s payload includes 72 transponders and 11 antennas operating in four frequency bands.
The satellite is intended to deliver a wide array of communications and broadcasting services to users across Russia, including high-speed Internet access, digital television and radio broadcasting, videoconferencing as well as reliable fixed and mobile telecommunications solutions to the Russian government.
The first ISS-Reshetnev’s satellite that used its own electric propulsion units to move itself to the designated geostationary orbital position was the Express-AM5 telecommunications satellite. This approach enables in-orbit delivery of heavy satellites whose weight exceeds a launch vehicle’s lift capabilities.