List of Ekspress satellites

Summary

Ekspress (Russian: Экспресс, literally Express) is a communication and broadcasting system developed and operated by Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC). It is the largest network of Russia and its slots cover an arc in geostationary orbit from 14.0° West to 145.0° East. This allows it to cover the whole territory of Russia, the CIS, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, North and South America, and Australia.[1]

The only other Russian civilian satellite operator is Gazprom Space Systems with its Yamal constellation.[2]

Ekspress satellite seriesEdit

While the Ekspress constellation started with a single model, during the years it has used many suppliers and many models.[3][4]

Satellite Bus Payload Order Launch Launch Vehicle Intended Orbit Launch Result Launch Weight Status Remarks
Ekspress-1
Ekspress-2 (No.11L)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) 13 October 1994 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) Retired [5][3][4]
Ekspress-2
Ekspress-6 (No.12L)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) 26 September 1996 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) Retired [5][3][4]
Ekspress-A1
Ekspress-6A (No.1)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) Alcatel Space 27 October 1999 Proton-K / Blok DM-2 Failure 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) Lost on launch [6][3][4]
Ekspress-A2
Ekspress-6A (No.2)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) Alcatel Space 12 March 2000 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) Retired [6][3][4][7]
Ekspress-A3
Ekspress-3A (No.3)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) Alcatel Space 2000-06-23 Proton-K / Blok DM-2 Success 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) Retired [6][3][4][8]
Ekspress-A4
Ekspress-A1R (No.4)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) Alcatel Space 2002-06-10 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) Retired in January 2020 [6][3][4][9]
Ekspress-AM22
SESAT-2
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2003-12-28 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,542 kg (5,604 lb) Retired in January 2019 [10][3][4]
Ekspress-AM11 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2004-04-26 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,542 kg (5,604 lb) Retired on 28 March 2006 Debris punctured the pressure vessel on 28 March 2006, put on a graveyard orbit.[11][3][4]
Ekspress-AM1 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) NEC and Toshiba 29 October 2004 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,542 kg (5,604 lb) Decommissioned on 10 August 2013 [12][3][4]
Ekspress-AM2 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 29 March 2005 Proton-K / Blok DM-2M Success 2,542 kg (5,604 lb) Retired in 2016 [13][3][4]
Ekspress-AM3 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2005-06-24 Proton-K / Blok DM-2 Success 2,542 kg (5,604 lb) Operational 140° East [13][3][4]
Ekspress-AM33 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2008-01-28 Proton-M / Briz-M Success 2,560 kg (5,640 lb) Operational 96.5° East [14][3][4]
Ekspress-AM44 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2009-02-11 Proton-M / Briz-M GTO Success 2,560 kg (5,640 lb) Operational 11° West Launched with Ekspress MD1.[14][3][4]
Ekspress-MD1 Yakhta Thales Alenia Space 2009-02-11 Proton-M / Briz-M GTO Success 1,140 kg (2,510 lb) Failed 4 July 2013 Launched with Ekspress AM44. Satellite experienced technical failure on 4 July 2013.[15][16][17]
Ekspress-AM4 Eurostar-3000 2011-08-17 Proton-M / Briz-M GTO Partial failure 5,775 kg (12,732 lb) Deorbited in March 2012 Stranded in useless orbit. Deorbited in March 2012.[18][3][4]
Ekspress-MD2 Yakhta Thales Alenia Space 2012-08-06 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Partial failure 1,140 kg (2,510 lb) Lost on launch Launched with Telkom 3. Stranded in useless orbit.[15][16]
Ekspress-AM5 Ekspress-2000 MDA 2013-12-26 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 3,358 kg (7,403 lb) Operational 140° East [19][3][4]
Ekspress-AT1 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2014-03-15 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 1,726 kg (3,805 lb) Operational 56.0° East Launched with Ekspress-AT2.[20][21][3][4]
Ekspress-AT2 Ekspress-1000K Thales Alenia Space 2014-03-15 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 1,427 kg (3,146 lb) Operational 140.0° East Launched with Ekspress-AT1.[22][23][3][4]
Ekspress-AM4R Eurostar-3000 2014-05-15 Proton-M / Briz-M GTO Failure 5,775 kg (12,732 lb) Lost on launch [13][3][4]
Ekspress-AM6 Ekspress-2000 MDA 2014-10-21 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Partial success 3,358 kg (7,403 lb) Operational 53.0° East Left in lower than intended orbit. Company claimed success.[24][3][4]
Ekspress-AM7 Eurostar-3000 2015-03-18 Proton-M / Briz-M GTO Success 5,720 kg (12,610 lb) Operational 40.0° East [25][3][4]
Ekspress-AM8 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2015-09-14 Proton-M / Blok DM-03 GEO Success 2,100 kg (4,600 lb) Operational 14.0° West [26][3][4][27]
Ekspress-AMU1 Eurostar-3000 Airbus Defence and Space 2015-12-24 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 5,700 kg (12,600 lb) Operational 36.0° East [28][29][3][4][30]
Ekspress-103 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2016 30 July 2020 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 2,050 kg (4,520 lb) Operational 96.5° East [31][32]
Ekspress-80 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2016 30 July 2020 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 1,947 kg (4,292 lb) Operational 80.0° East [33]
Ekspress-AMU3 Ekspress-1000N Thales Alenia Space 13 December 2021 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 2,150 kg (4,740 lb) Operational 103.0° East Launched with Ekspress-AMU7. Will replace Ekspress-AM33.[34][35]
Ekspress-AMU7 Ekspress-1000N Thales Alenia Space 13 December 2021 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 1,980 kg (4,370 lb) Operational 145.0° East Launched with Ekspress-AMU3. Will replace Ekspress-A4.[34][35]
Ekspress-AMU4 Ekspress-1000 2023 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Planned Planned 11.0° West Will replace Ekspress-AM44.[35][36]
Ekspress-RV1 Ekspress 2024 HEO Planned Planned Launching into a highly elliptical orbit to cover the Far North region.[35][37]
Ekspress-RV2 Ekspress 2024 HEO Planned Planned Launching into a highly elliptical orbit to cover the Far North region.[35][37]
Ekspress-RV3 Ekspress 2024 HEO Planned Planned Launching into a highly elliptical orbit to cover the Far North region.[35][37]
Ekspress-RV4 Ekspress 2024 HEO Planned Planned Launching into a highly elliptical orbit to cover the Far North region.[35][37]
Ekspress-AMU5 Ekspress 2025 GEO Planned Planned 140.0° East Will replace Ekspress-AM5.[35][36]
Ekspress-AMU6 Ekspress 2026 GEO Planned Planned 53.0° East Will replace Ekspress-AM6.[35][36]
Ekspress-AT3 Ekspress 2027 GEO Planned Planned 56.0° East Will replace Ekspress-AT1.[35][36]
Ekspress-AT4 Ekspress 2027 GEO Planned Planned 140.0° East Will replace Ekspress-AT2.[35][36]
Ekspress-40 Ekspress 2028 GEO Planned Planned 40.0° East Will replace Ekspress-AM7.[35][36]
Ekspress-36 Ekspress 2029 GEO Planned Planned 36.0° East Will replace Ekspress-AMU1.[35][36]
Ekspress-AMU8 Ekspress 2030 GEO Planned Planned 14.0° West Will replace Ekspress-AM8.[35][36]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About". Russian Satellite Communications Company. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "About Company". Gazprom Space Systems. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Pillet, Nicolas. "Ekspress Liste des satellites" [List of Ekspress satellites] (in French). Kosmonavtika. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Zak, Anatoly (16 March 2014). "Ekspress communication satellite 11F639". RussianSpaceWeb.com. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Ekspress-1, -2 (11F639)". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Ekspress-A1, -A2, -A3". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Ekspress-A2". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Ekspress-A3". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Ekspress-A4". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Ekspress-AM22 / SESAT-2". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Ekspress-AM11". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Ekspress-AM1". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  13. ^ a b c "Ekspress-AM2, -AM3". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Ekspress-AM33, -AM44". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Ekspress-MD1, -MD2". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  16. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly (16 March 2014). "Ekspress-MD communication satellite". RussianSpaceWeb.com. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Ekspress-MD1". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Ekspress-AM4, -AM4R". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Ekspress-AM5". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Ekspress-AT1". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  21. ^ "Express-АТ1 (56° E)". Russian Satellite Communications Company. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Ekspress-AT2". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Express-АТ2 (140° E)". Russian Satellite Communications Company. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  24. ^ "Ekspress-AM6 (Eutelsat 53A)". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Ekspress-AM7". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Ekspress-AM8". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Digital TV Europe: Russia's Express-AM8 now operational". Russian Satellite Communications Company. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Ekspress-AMU1 / Eutelsat 36C". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  29. ^ "Express-AMU1". Russian Satellite Communications Company. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  30. ^ "RSCC begins communications and broadcasting services using the new Russian Express-AMU1 satellite (36E)". Russian Satellite Communications Company. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  31. ^ "Express-103 put into commercial service". RSCC. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  32. ^ "Ekspress-103". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  33. ^ "Ekspress-80". Gunter's Space Page. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  34. ^ a b "Спутники "Экспресс-АМУ3" и "Экспресс-АМУ7" запустят 8 ноября" [The satellites "Ekspress-AMU3" and "Ekspress-AMU7" will be launched on November 8]. TASS (in Russian). 4 June 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  35. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Shulgin, Dmitry (21 January 2021). "Российский "Экспресс" набирает обороты" [Russian "Ekspress" gaining momentum]. RSCC (in Russian). p. 5. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  36. ^ a b c d e f g h anik [@anik1982space] (19 July 2021). "Планы по запускам гражданских спутников связи, вещания, широкополосного доступа в интернет и интернета вещей до 2030 года, показанные предприятием «Космическая связь» на Евразийском аэрокосмическом конгрессе:" [Plans for the launch of civil communications satellites, broadcasting, broadband Internet access and the Internet of things until 2030, shown by the Space Communications enterprise at the Eurasian Aerospace Congress:] (Tweet) (in Russian). Retrieved 23 July 2021 – via Twitter.
  37. ^ a b c d Henry, Caleb (26 May 2020). "RSCC planning four satellites to cover Russia's Far North". SpaceNews. Retrieved 23 July 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Russian Satellite Communications Company