Ekspress AM7


Ekspress AM7
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2015-012A
SATCAT no.40505
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
BusEurostar 3000
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space
Launch mass5,720 kilograms (12,610 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date18 March 2015, 22:05:00 (2015-03-18UTC22:05Z) UTC[2]
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude40° East
Perigee altitude35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)[3]
Apogee altitude35,791 kilometres (22,239 mi)[3]
Inclination0.02 degrees[3]
Period1436.06 minutes[3]
Epoch20 April 2015, 03:23:57 UTC[3]
Band24 C band
36 Ku band
2 L band

Ekspress AM7 (Russian: Экспресс-АМ7 meaning Express AM7) is a Russian communications satellite operated by the State Company for Satellite Communications.

Astrium, which had become part of Airbus Defence and Space by the time of the satellite's launch, constructed Ekspress AM7, which was based on the Eurostar 3000 satellite bus.[4] The satellite has a mass of 5,720 kilograms (12,610 lb) and a planned operational lifespan of 15 years. The satellite carried 62 transponders: 24 operating in the C band of the electromagnetic spectrum, 36 in the Ku band and 2 in the L band. [1]

Khrunichev was contracted to launch Ekspress AM7, using a Proton-M/Briz-M rocket - the same configuration that had failed to deploy the similar Ekspress AM4 and Ekspress AM4R. The launch took place from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, at 22:05 UTC on 18 March 2015. The satellite was deployed into the planned geostationary transfer orbit.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Express AM7". RSCC. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ Bergin, Chris. "Russian Proton-M launches with Ekspress-AM7 mission". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "EXPRESS AM7 Satellite details 2015-012A NORAD 40505". N2YO. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Express AM4R and Express AM7". Airbus Defense and Space. Retrieved 19 March 2015.