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 series

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.11)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) 1994-10-13 Proton-K/Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) Retired [5][3][4]
Ekspress-2
Ekspress-6 (No.12)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) 1996-09-26 Proton-K/Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) Retired [5][3][4]
Ekspress-A1
Ekspress-6A (No.1)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) Alcatel Space 1999-10-27 Proton-K/Blok DM-2 Failure 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) Lost on launch [6][3][4]
Ekspress-A2
Ekspress-6A (No.2)
MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-740) Alcatel Space 2000-03-12 Proton-K/Blok DM-2M Success 2,500 kilograms (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 kilograms (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 kilograms (5,500 lb) Operational 145.0° E [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 kilograms (5,604 lb) Operational 80.0° East [10][3][4]
Ekspress AM11 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2004-04-26 Proton-K/Blok DM-2M Success 2,542 kilograms (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 2004-10-29 Proton-K/Blok DM-2M GEO Success 2,542 kilograms (5,604 lb) Decommissioned on 10 August 2013 [12][3][4]
Ekspress AM2 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2005-03-29 Proton-K/Blok DM-2M Success 2,542 kilograms (5,604 lb) Operational 80°E [13][3][4]
Ekspress AM3 MSS-2500-GSO (MSS-767) Alcatel Space 2005-06-24 Proton-K/Blok DM-2 Success 2,542 kilograms (5,604 lb) Operational 103°E [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°E [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°W Launched with Ekspress MD1.[14][3][4]
Ekspress MD1 Yakhta Thales Alenia Space 2009-02-11 Proton-M/Briz-M GTO Success 1,140 kilograms (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°E [19][3][4]
Ekspress AT1 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2014-03-15 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 1,726 kilograms (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 kilograms (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 kilograms (7,403 lb) Operational 53.0° E 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 kilograms (12,610 lb) Operational 40.0° E [25][3][4]
Ekspress AM8 Ekspress-1000HTB Thales Alenia Space 2015-09-14 Proton-M / Blok DM-03 GEO Success 2,100 kilograms (4,600 lb) Operational 14.0° W [26][3][4][27]
Ekspress-AMU1 Eurostar 3000 Airbus Defence and Space 2015-12-24 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success 5,700 kilograms (12,600 lb) Operational 36.0° E [28][29][3][4][30]
Ekspress 80 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2016 2020-07-30 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success N/A 80.0° East [31]
Ekspress 103 Ekspress-1000H Thales Alenia Space 2016 2020-07-30 Proton-M / Briz-M GEO Success N/A 96.5° East [32]
Ekspress-AMU2 Planned: 2021 Planned
Ekspress-AMU3 Planned: 2021 Planned
Ekspress-AMU4 Planned: 2021 Planned
Ekspress-MD3 Planned: 2021 Planned

See also

References

  1. ^ "About". RSCC. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "About Company". Gazprom. 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]. Kosmonavtika (in French). 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". Russian Space Web. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
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  6. ^ a b c d Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-A 1, 2, 3". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
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  8. ^ "Ekspress A3". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Ekspress A4". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  10. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 22 / SESAT 2". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 11". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
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  14. ^ a b Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 33, 44". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  15. ^ a b Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-MD 1, 2". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  16. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly (16 March 2014). "Ekspress MD communication satellite". Russian Space Web. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Ekspress MD1". Satbeams. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  18. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 4, 4R". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  19. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 5". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  20. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AT 1". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  21. ^ "Express-АТ1 (56° E)". RSCC. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  22. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AT 2". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Express-АТ2 (140° E)". RSCC. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  24. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 6 (Eutelsat 53A)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  25. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 7". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  26. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AM 8". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Digital TV Europe: Russia's Express-AM8 now operational". RSCC. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  28. ^ Krebs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress-AMU 1 / Eutelsat 36C". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  29. ^ "Express-AMU1". RSCC. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  30. ^ "RSCC begins communications and broadcasting services using the new Russian Express-AMU1 satellite (36E)". RSCC. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  31. ^ Kribs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress 80". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  32. ^ Kribs, Gunter Dirk (17 April 2016). "Ekspress 103". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

External links

  • Russian Satellite Communications Company