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Airbus Defence and Space to build new satellite for RSCC

• Telecommunications satellite ordered by the Russian operator RSCC from Airbus Defence and Space
• Airbus Defence and Space’s 70th Eurostar order in total
• Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C will increase RSCC’s capacity at 36ºE and will perform a mission for Eutelsat

15 May 2013 Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, has been awarded a contract by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to build the Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C satellite that will provide follow-on and expansion capacity for the EUTELSAT 36A broadcast satellite operating at 36° East. The Eurostar E3000 spacecraft will be placed into orbit by the Russian launcher Proton in 2015.

Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C will be a state-of-the-art high-capacity satellite with up to 70 transponders. It will provide coverage for broadcast services in the European part of the Russian Federation in Ku and Ka bands, and ensure service continuity and growth for broadcast markets developed by Eutelsat in sub-Saharan Africa. The multibeam Ka-band antennas feature a highly innovative array fed reflector antenna technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space.

Based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C will have a launch mass of 5,700 kg and a spacecraft power in excess of 15 kW. Its design lifetime is 15 years in orbit.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Together, pioneering excellence

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, 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 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1438 773872

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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