Russia’s state satellite operator, The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), and Eutelsat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand their strategic partnership in satellite communications.

According to the MOU, a new satellite will be launched in 2015 to 36 degrees East, the most popular neighbourhood for satellite TV in Russia.

The new spacecraft will be designed to optimise capacity at a multi-satellite position, delivering new resources to both RSCC and Eutelsat for consumer broadcasting and multimedia services from the European Russia to the Urals area.

It will also carry a payload with a footprint over sub-Saharan Africa to provide long-term continuity for services currently supplied at 36° East by W4, and capacity for further expansion.

Financing of the new satellite will be ensured by Eutelsat, with the launch provided within the framework of the current Russian Federal Space Programme for 2006-2015.
In-orbit operations will be managed by RSCC from its Dubna satellite centre