|Operator||Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC)|
|Mission duration||7 years (planned)|
Failed to orbit
|Manufacturer||NPO PM (bus)|
Alcatel Space (payload)
|Launch mass||2,600 kg (5,700 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||27 October 1999, 16:16:00 UTC|
|Rocket||Proton-K / DM-2|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Contractor||Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center|
|Entered service||Failed to orbit|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit (planned) |
The satellite was launched at Baikonur Cosmodrome at Site 200/39 on 27 October 1999, at 16:16:00 UTC. The launch was made by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, and a Proton-K / DM-2 launch vehicle was used. It is part of the Ekspress satellite constellation.
The Russian Ekspress-A1 communications satellite was launched in October 1999 but the Proton-K launch vehicle failed early in flight, during second stage burn. This is the second failure of the 8K82K Proton-K in 1999.