Yamal-401 arrives at Baikonur launch base
The telecommunications satellite Yamal-401, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, has been safely delivered to the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Yamal-401 flew to Baikonur aboard a cargo transport aircraft An-124-100 Ruslan accompanied by ISS-Reshetnev’s technical team. The company’s specialists monitored and controlled the health and well-being of the satellite in its specially designed shipping container during the whole journey to the cosmodrome. Everything went according to plan.
Meanwhile, pre-launch checks and preparations are due to begin soon.
The Yamal-401 satellite was built on the base of ISS-Reshetnev’s heavy-class Express-2000 platform and has the projected active lifetime of 15 years. Ordered by a Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems, it will provide a wide range of communications and broadcasting services to Russia and a number of its neighbouring countries.