RSCC signs deals for two new satellites

Russian satellite operator RSCC has signed a deal with manufacturer Reshetnev ISS for the construction of two new satellites.

The Express-AM5 satellite will be located at 140 East with an operational life of 15 years. It will carry 30 C-band transponders, 40 Ku-band transponders, 12 Ka-band transponders and two L-band transponders.

The Express-AM6 satellite will be located at 53 East and will also have an operational life of 15 years. It will carry 14 C-band transponders, 44 Ku-band transponders, 12 Ka-band transponders and two L-band transponders. The satellites are expected to be delivered into orbit in 2012.

RSCC said the satellites will enable the delivery of affordable digital TV and radio broadcasting to Russia.