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Ekspress 103

Ekspress 103 [ISS Reshetnev]

The Ekspress 103 is a communications satellite for Russian domestic communication services owned by RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz).

The satellite was ordered in May 2016 with the spacecraft itself being built by ISS Reshetnev based on the Ekspress-1000N and the communication payload being built by Thales Alenia Space.

Express 103 will be positioned at 103° East, and has a 15-year design life, with payload power of about 6.3 kW. Express 103 will be fitted with 16 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders to cover Russia and Southeast Asia, as well as one L-band transponder for global coverage.

Ekspress 103 will operate at 96.5° East, with 103° East as a back up position, likely to replace the Ekspress-AM 3 satellite.

The Ekspress 80 and Ekspress 103 satellites were launched together on a Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.4) booster in July 2020 (having been delayed from 2018).

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz)
Contractors: ISS Reshetnev (Bus), Thales Alenia Space (TAS) (Payload)
Equipment: 16 C-band transponders, 20 Ku-band transponders, 1 L-band transponder
Configuration: Ekspress-1000N
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 2280 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ekspress 103 2020-053B 30.07.2020 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.3) with Ekspress 80
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