Yamal 601 [TAS]
Thales Alenia Space announced in January 2014 that it has signed a contract with Russian operator Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) to build the Yamal-601 telecommunications satellite, which will provide fixed communications, broadcast and Internet access services. Thales Alenia Space won the contract from Gazprom in competitive international bidding.
As program prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space was in charge of the design, production, testing and turnkey delivery of the satellite and its associated ground segment. The satellite was to be launched by International Launch Services (ILS) on a Proton-M Briz-M (Phase IV upgrade) rocket.
Based on the Spacebus-4000C4 platform, Yamal-601 was to carry 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders and 26 Ka-band transponders focusing on Russia. It was to weigh more than five metric tons at launch, with 11 kW of payload power and a design life exceeding 15 years. It was to replace the Yamal-202 satellite, offering extended coverage of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, south and southeast Asia, from its orbital position at 49° East.
In early 2015, the contract was cancelled in favour of a satellite built by a Russian prime contractor, which is also called Yamal 601. Thales Alenia Space will still provide the communications payload.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Gazprom Space Systems|
|Contractors:||Thales Alenia Space|
|Equipment:||18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders, 26 Ka-band transponders|
|Propulsion:||S400, 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||15 years (planned)|
|Yamal 601 (Yamal 600 KA-1)||-||cancelled||Ba||Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.4)||cancelled|