Express-AM6 Begins Operation


The Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC) on April 22 said its large Express-AM6 satellite is fully operational six months after a launch during which the upper stage of its Proton rocket was suspected of underperforming.

Moscow-based RSCC said Express-AM6, carrying a 72-transponder payload using the C-, Ku-, Ka- and L-band frequencies, was ready for service at 53 degrees east and would operate for at least 15 years.

The satellite was built by Russia’s principal telecommunications satellite manufacturer, ISS Reshetnev, and the Russian Radio Research Institute, with payload components provided by MDA Corp. of Canada.

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