RSCC has made initial payments under contracts with JSC ISS Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space to build two satellites

RSCC has made initial payments under contracts with JSC ISS Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space to build two satellites

New satellites will join the Russian state-owned orbital satellite constellation in 2019

The two spacecraft, Express-80 and Express 103, will be placed in the 80˚ and 103˚ E orbital slots, respectively. The mission of both satellites, which are scheduled to be orbited in the third quarter of 2019, is to provide communications and broadcasting services in the C- and Ku-bands over the territory of Russia and CIS countries.


In June 2016, RSCC (Russian Satellite Communications Company) signed a contract with JSC ISS Reshetnev Company for delivery of spacecraft platforms for the two satellites. Another contract was signed with Thales Alenia Space to build payloads for them. The initial contractual payment by the customer has been made on 28 December 2016.


RSCC is having the two spacecraft built using financial support of the Sberbank, Russia’s largest savings bank, which provided a loan to fund activities under the contract with the Reshetnev Company. Also, under the terms of a credit agreement, another bank, the Alfa-Bank, is providing the funding to build payloads for the Express-80 and Express 103 spacecraft.


The RSCC satellites are positioned along the geostationary orbital arc from 14 ° W up to 145 ° E, covering the entire territory of Russia, CIS, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asian-Pacific region, North and South America, and Australia.

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