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Yamal 601

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.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Gazprom Space Systems
Contractors: Thales Alenia Space
Equipment: 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders, 26 Ka-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-4000C4
Propulsion: S400, 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years (planned)
Mass: 5700 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Yamal 601 (Yamal 600 KA-1) - cancelled Ba Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.4) cancelled
Further Yamal missions: