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Ekspress-AM 8

Ekspress-AM 8 [ISS Reshetnev]

The Ekspress-AM 8 is a communications satellite for russian domestic communication services. While the spacecraft itself is built by russian RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz), the communication payload is built by Thales Alenia Space.

The Express-AM8 Ekspress-1000NTB based satellite will generate 5.9 kilowatts of end-of-life power to a payload consisting of 24 C-band, 12 Ku-band and 2 L-band transponders.

Ekspress-AM8 was originally to be launched in 2012 or 2013 into RSCC’s 14 degrees west orbital slot, but was delayed to 2015. It used a Proton-M Blok-DM-03 launch vehicle to be inserted directly into geostationary orbit.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz)
Contractors: ISS Reshetnev (Bus), Thales Alenia Space (TAS) (Payload)
Equipment: 24 C-band, 12 Ku-band, 2 L-band transponders
Configuration: Ekspress-1000NTB
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays 5.9 kW (EoL), batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 2100 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ekspress-AM 8 2015-048A 14.09.2015 Ba LC-81/24 Proton-M Blok-DM-03
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