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RSCC Successfully Launches Two New Russian Communications Satellites

By Katie Kriz | March 18, 2014
      The launch of Express-AT1 and -AT2 from Baikonur

      The launch of Express-AT1 and -AT2 from Baikonur. Photo: RSCC

      [Via Satellite 03-18-2014] The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), in partnership with Thales Alenia Space, successfully launched two new Russian communications and broadcasting satellites, Express AT1 and AT2, on March 16, 2014 aboard the Proton M rocket. The satellites, ordered by RSCC as a part of Russia’s Federal Space Program, will provide DBS services to users across Russia.

      Built by JSC Information Satellite Systems-Reshetnev Company and Thales Alenia Space-France, the satellites have an expected service life of 15 years.

      “The launch of Express AT1 and Express AT2 DBS satellites is critical for the development of domestic DBS market. Users in Siberia and the Far East will gain access to new Russian and international TV channels. The networks currently operated by Bonum 1 will be switched by RSCC specialists over to the new satellites after their commissioning, paving the way for many fascinating projects in Russia,” said Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC director-general.