Express-AT2 satellite enters commercial service

May 28, 2014 07.57 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has started direct broadcasting services to the Far East using the Express-AT2 satellite on Tuesday, May 27.

The Express-AT2 was orbited on March 16 2014 and is positioned at the 140 degrees East orbital slot.

According to Denis Pivnyuk, RSCC Acting General Director, “The advent of a DBS satellite with a coverage area embracing all of the Far East, creates unique conditions for developing TV in the region. Express-AT2 was designed specifically for TV and radio broadcasting. Its specs make it possible for DTH operators to ensure reliability and ease of signal reception”.

Express-AT2 was built on RSCC order by OAO ISS Reshetnev Company in conjunction with Thales Alenia Space France. Built on the Express-1000? platform, the satellite will have a service life of 15 years.

Express-AT2 carries 16 Ku-band transponders on board.