Ekspress AM6


Mission typeCommunications
OperatorRussian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC)
COSPAR ID2014-064A
SATCAT no.40277
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEkspress
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
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [2]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude53° East
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]


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


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

See also


  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.