[Via Satellite 04-24-2015] Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has confirmed that its Express AM7 satellite launched March 19 aboard a Proton rocket reached Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) on March 25. The company expects the satellite to begin operations in May 2015.
Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the Express AM7 satellite carries 80 transponders for services in C, Ku and L bands, and eight antenna systems, two of which are steerable. Multi-zone fixed antennas cover Russia, Western Europe and Asia, and steerable antennas can reach a wide sector. The satellite can also redistribute radio frequency capacity of the onboard retransmission complex betwixt and throughout coverage areas.
“We at Rossviaz have followed the satellite’s maneuvers with particular attention. The successful launch and subsequent commissioning of the satellite will make it possible for our subordinate entity to enhance operational efficiency and make a wider choice of services available to users,” said Oleg Dukhovnitsky, chief of Russia’s Federal Communications Agency.