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Airbus Defence and Space awarded two satellite contracts by the Russian operator RSCC

• Airbus Defence and Space will build the Express AM4R and Express AM7 telecommunications satellites for the Russian operator RSCC
• Express AM4R will replace Express AM4 at 80°E
• Express AM7 will extend RSCC capacity at 40°E

27 March 2012 – Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s number one space company, has been awarded two contracts from the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) for the delivery of two telecommunication satellites Express AM4R and Express AM7. Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellites based on the Eurostar E3000 platform and a Khrunichev-built Proton launcher will deliver them to orbit in 2014.

Express AM4R is a copy of Express AM4, a high power communications satellite which was lost following a launch failure in August 2011. Express AM4R will be the most powerful Russian telecommunication satellite with a 63 active transponders communications payload (30 in C-band, 28 in Ku-band, 2 in Ka-band, 3 in L-band). Express AM4R will be positioned at 80°E on the geostationary orbit.

Express AM7 is a new satellite with similar design and a payload adapted to a mission at 40°E to extend RSCC capacity at that position. Express AM7 will have a 62 active transponders communications payload (24 in C-band, 36 in Ku-band, 2 in L-band).

Both satellites will provide high performance coverage over the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries and adjoining regions. They will be equipped with steerable antennas which can provide communication to any point on Earth within the satellite’s visibility.

The two Eurostar E3000 satellites have nearly identical configurations, with electrical power of 16 kW and launch mass of 5,700 kg. They are designed for 15-year service life in orbit.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment; Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.


Press contacts:

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                         Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                      Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                     Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                   Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41 

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