The telecommunications satellite Lybid was built by ISS-Reshetnev Company for a Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) in the interest of Ukraine. Within the framework of this project ISS-Reshetnev is responsible for the development, manufacture, testing of the satellite, its pre-launch preparations and in-orbit commissioning to the customer. MDA, in its turn, delivered a repeater system and antennas for the satellite.
Lybid is to make communications, television broadcasting and data transmission services available to users in Ukraine, India and Africa. The satellite was built around an advanced Express-1000HT platform. It has a projected active lifetime of 15 years, a mass of around 1800 kilograms and payload power of 5880 W. The satellite is equipped with 30 Ku-band transponders.
Construction of the Lybid satellite has already been completed. It has been moved to special facilities at ISS-Reshetnev’s site for safekeeping where it will be stored until the customer makes a decision on its launch date.