They were launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in December 2021 and now the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) orbital constellation consists of 13 spacecraft.
Commenting on the development, Alexey Volin, DG of the RSCC, said: “Today, RSCC not only has the largest constellation of geostationary communications and broadcasting satellites in Russia. As evidenced by data, commissioning of two new satellites makes the company the fourth in the world among the largest satellite operators in terms of the number of GSO satellites and capacity in the C and Ku band”.
RSCC notes that in addition to conventional C- and Ku-band antennas covering Russia from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, as well as Central Asian countries of the CIS, Express-AMU3 is equipped with a multi-beam antenna system of five beams that form a high-energy service area in the territory of the Russian Federation, which makes it possible to obtain a high data transmission rate and use small-sized user stations.
It adds that Express-AMU7, in turn, will increase the reliability of federal TV broadcasting in four zones in the east of Russia and will be involved in the reservation of existing VSAT networks. Due to this satellite, Express-AM5 located at 140 degrees East will be used more efficiently and increase the scope of services provided to customers in Southeast Asia. Both satellites will also be used to develop maritime services on the Northern Sea Route and the Far East.