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Express AM4 en route for launch site

50th Eurostar to orbit

The Express AM4 communications satellite, designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space teaming with Khrunichev for RSCC, has left Airbus Defence and Space’s facility in Toulouse, where it had undergone its final integration and test campaign.

Express AM4, the 50th Eurostar to be launched, will now be transported by a Russian Antonov aircraft to Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in preparation for its launch by a Khrunichev Proton Breeze M vehicle in August 2011.

Express AM4 is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar E3000 satellite platform, and equipped with 63 active transponders operating in L, C, Ku and Ka bands. The satellite is specified for a service life of 15 years. Its 12 antennas will provide high-performance coverage over the Russian Federation and the CIS countries and its steerable antennas can be used to provide communication to any point within the satellite’s visibility.

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