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Alcatel Comments AM3 Satellite Launch (Jun 27)

PARIS --- Following the successful launch of AM2 late March 2004, the Express AM3 satellite was also successfully launched during the night of June 24-25 on a Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel, supplies Express AM satellite payloads to prime contractor NPO-PM. These satellites are operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC).

The Express satellites are designed to provide digital TV and radio broadcasting, telephony, data transmission channels, videoconferencing services and Internet access. They will be also used to deploy communication networks by applying VSAT technology across the territory of Russia, CIS countries, Europe, Asia and Africa.

With a launch mass of around 2500 Kg and a 6kW power, the AM3 satellite is fitted with 16 C-band transponders, 12 Ku-band transponders and 1 L-band transponder. It will provide services over an area spanning Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia during its 12 years contractual life time.

Alcatel Space has extensive experience in the development of Russian spacecraft equipment. Today the three RSCC “Express-A” satellites (A1R, A2, A3) and the three satellites AM11, AM22 and AM2 are operational in orbit equipped with the Alcatel Space payloads.

The next Express AM satellites AM33 and AM44, will also be fitted with Alcatel Space payloads. Engineering studies have already started at the company’s plant in Toulouse.

Successful Launch of Russian Satellite Express AM3 with Alcatel Payload