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New Russian broadcasting satellites “Express-AT1” and “Express-AT2” were put into orbit

Опубликовано: 17 марта 2014 г., 00:00
Изменено: 11 декабря 2018 г., 07:54
March 16, 2014 Russian communication and broadcasting satellites “Express-AT1” and “Express-AT2” were put into orbit. The carrier rocket start was made on 3 o’clock, 8 minutes and 0 seconds according the time of Moscow.

New spacecrafts AT1 and AT2 will be placed in a geostationary orbit at 56 ˚ E and 140 ˚ E accordingly, and will provide users throughout Russia and Kazakhstan with broadcaxting services.

Mr. Chursin, Deputy Head of the Federal Communications Agency noted that “the launch of the space crafts "Ekspress-AT1/-AT2" into orbit is one of the most important and anticipated events of 2014 not only for the organizations involved in the creation of communication satellites, but also for the whole country”.

"The launch of direct broadcast satellites “Express-AT1” and “Express-AT2” is extremely important for the development of the national broadcasting market. People of Siberia and the Far East will have access to new domestic and foreign TV channels. After the commissioning of the satellites, the RSCC specialists will transfer the existing networks from the spacecraft "Bonum-1" on them. Moreover there will also be implemented a lot of new interesting projects in Russia" – said Mr. Y. Prokhorov, General Director of FSUE "Satellite Communications" (RSCC).

After the series of tests in April 2014 “Express - AT1” will be put into operation. The commercial usage of “Express- AT2” will begin in May 2014.

Spacecraft “Express-AT1” and “Express-AT2” were created in the order of jurisdictional Federal Communications Agency FSUE "Satellite Communications" (RSCC) under the Federal Space Program of Russia for 2006 - 2015. Satellites were made ​​by “Information Satellite Systems” organization named in honor of  Reshetnev in Krasnoyarsk with the French Thales Alenia Space Company. It is planned that two satellites will work in orbit no less than 15 years.

Spacecraft “Express-AT1” is based on the “Express-1000H” platform. Its mass is about 1800 kg. There are 32 transponders (trunk relays) installed on the spacecraft operating in the Ku-band (and 8 spare barrels). “Express-AT” will provide with TV broadcasting the western and the central parts of Russia, as well as the western and the central parts of Siberia, and almost all the territory of Kazakhstan.

The telecommunications satellite “Express-AT2” is based on the “Express-1000K” platform. Its mass is about 1250 kg. The spacecraft has 16 transponders working in the Ku-band. This satellite will provide with TV broadcasting the eastern part of Russia.