Ekspress A3


Ekspress A3
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorKosmicheskiya Svyaz
COSPAR ID2000-031A
SATCAT no.26378Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration7 years
Spacecraft properties
Alcatel Space
Launch mass2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date24 June 2000 (2000-06-24)
Launch siteBaikonur Cosmodrome 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude11° West

Ekspress A3 (Russian: Экспре́сс А3 meaning Express A3), also designated Ekspress 3A, is a Russian communications satellite which is operated by Kosmicheskiya Svyaz and Eutelsat. It was constructed by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki and Alcatel Space and is based on the MSS-2500-GSO satellite bus. The satellite was launched at Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 200 on 24 June 2000, 00:28 UTC. The launch was made by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, and a Proton-K/DM-2M carrier rocket was used.

It is part of the Ekspress satellite network.

Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in geosynchronous orbit at 11° West, from where it provides communications services to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. It is equipped with seventeen transponders.


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