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Ekvator 1

Ekvator 1 [ISS Reshetnev]

The Ekvator 1 is a geostationary communications satellite built by ISS Reshetnev, possibly for Iran. Ekvator may be the Russian project name for the satellite and not the actual final name.

The 2300 kg Ekvator 1 satellite is based on the Ekspress-1000N bus and carries a payload consisting of Ka, Ku and S-band transponders.

The satellite will be parked in geostationary orbit at 34 eastern longitude. According to the website of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), that spot is currently reserved for an Iranian communications satellite (under the name IRN-30B-34E). This is a hint that Ekvator is actually being built for a foreign customer is that ISS Reshetnev signed a contract in April 2021 with Glavkosmos Launch Services to provide launch services for the satellite.

Nation: Russia or Iran
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: ?
Contractors: ISS Reshetnev
Equipment: Ka, Ku and S-band transponders
Configuration: Ekspress-1000N
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years (up to 17 years)
Mass: 2300 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ekvator 1 - 2024 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.3)
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