Express-AM6 satellite shipped to launch site
The Express-AM6 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by the Reshetnev Company, was delivered to the Baikonur cosmodrome on to begin pre-launch preparations.
Everything went according to plan. ISS-Reshetnev specialists monitored the satellite’s health through all its way to the spaceport. The spacecraft was transported in a dedicated high-tech container which came complete with environmental regulation to monitor and keep the humidity, cleanliness and temperature just right for the satellite. Readings from the sensors inside the container were collected, sent to the Reshetnev team and analyzed.
The satellite rode across Russia from the Yemelyanovo Airport to the cosmodrome aboard a heavy cargo AN-124-100 Ruslan aircraft.
Soon Express-AM6 will undergo final preparations for launch which is expected to take place in early July.
Based on the heavy-class Express-2000 platform, the spacecraft will have an active lifespan of 15 years and carry 11 antennas as well as 72 C-, Ku-, Ka- и L-band transponders.
The Express-AM6 telecommunications satellite will be operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to provide a comprehensive range of communications and broadcasting services in the Russian territory.