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Yamal 601

Yamal 601 is a Russian communications satellite built by ISS Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space for Gazprom Space Systems.

In 2015 Gazprom Space Systems replaced the contract with Thales Alenia Space, in light of changes in economic circumstances, to provide the Yamal-601 satellite with a contract with ISS Reshetnev to build the Yamal 601 satellite. Thales Alenia Space still provides the communications payload.

Based on the Ekspress-2000 platform, Yamal-601 will carry 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders and 26 Ka-band transponders focusing on Russia. It will 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.

The satellite will be launched by a Proton-M Briz-M rocket directly into GEO in January 2019.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Gazprom Space Systems
Contractors: ISS Reshetnev (prime); Thales Alenia Space (payload)
Equipment: 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders, 26 Ka-band transponders
Configuration: Ekspress-2000
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years (planned)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Yamal 601 (Yamal 600 KA-1) - 2019 Ba LC-81/24 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.3)
Further Yamal missions: