Ekspress AM6

Summary

Ekspress-AM6
NamesЭкспресс-АМ6
Express-AM6
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorRussian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC)
COSPAR ID2014-064A
SATCAT no.40277
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftEkspress-AM6
Spacecraft typeEkspress
BusEkspress-2000
ManufacturerISS Reshetnev: bus
MDA Corporation: payload
Launch mass3,358 kg (7,403 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date21 October 2014, 15:09:32 UTC [1]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 81/24
ContractorKhrunichev
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [2]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude53° East
Transponders
Band72 transponders:
14 C-band
44 Ku-band
12 Ka-band
2 L-band
Coverage areaRussia. CIS, Europe, Middle East
 

Ekspress-AM6 (Russian: Экспресс-АМ6 meaning Express-AM6) is a Russian communications satellite which was launched in 2014. The satellite has replaced the older Ekspress-AM22, at 53° East. Part of the Ekspress series of geostationary communications satellites, it is owned and operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC).

Satellite description

The satellite has 14 C-band, 44 Ku-band, 12 Ka-band and 2 L-band transponders.[3]

Launch

The satellite was launched on a Proton-M / Briz-M launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Briz-M upper stage shut down too early in the 4th burn and left the satellite in a lower than planned orbit. The satellite reached the operational geostationary orbit by using its own propulsion.[3]

List of providers

Company Market Website
Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) Russia and CIS www.rscc.ru
Wide Network Solutions (WNS) Europe and Middle East www.widenetworks.net

EUTELSAT-53A

Five transponders are leased to EUTELSAT and are marketed under the name Eutelsat 53A since May 2015.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bergin, Chris (21 October 2014). "Russian Proton-M launches Ekspress-AM6 satellite – orbit unclear". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ "EXPRESS-AM6 2014-064A 40277". N2YO.com. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Ekspress AM6 (Eutelsat 53A)". Gunter's Space Page. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2021.