[Via Satellite 04-27-2015] Russian Satellite Communications Company’s (RSCC’s) latest satellite, Express AM7, began commercial operations on April 24, following the completion of in-orbit testing. Launched in March 2015, the satellite provides coverage over Russia, Europe and the Middle East as well as the new markets of Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia from the 40 degrees east orbital slot.
Airbus Defence and Space built the Express AM7 satellite, which carries 80 transponders and nine antennas for C-, Ku- and L-band services, and Vnesheconombank funded its manufacture. The satellite is intended for transmitting TV program packages under Russia’s Federal Target Program, supporting communication services for the office of the president, the government and specialized users, and providing fixed-satellite-supported communications for public and commercial use.
“The commencement of the satellite operations is another important step toward completely eliminating inequality of access to information among our citizens, and generally enhancing reliability of Russia’s entire TV/radio system. The new capacity will also help RSCC, our subordinate company, to increase operational efficiency in the new economic conditions,” said Oleg Dukhovnitsky of Rossviaz.