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Ekspress AM-5
Ekspress AM-5
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Status: Operational 2013. First Launch: 2013-12-26. Last Launch: 2014-10-21. Number: 2 .

AM-5 used a Reshetnev Ekspress-2000 bus with C, Ku, Ka and L-band communications payloads developed in collaboration with the Canadian company MDA. The Briz-M made four burns to deliver Ekspress AM-5 to a sub-geostationary orbit of around 33,800 x 37,800 km x 0.18 deg. It used its on-board electric propulsion system (ion drive) to complete the trek to GEO.

Family: Communications. Launch Vehicles: Proton, Proton-M/Briz-M. Launch Sites: Baikonur LC81/24. More at: 12311, 12312.


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2013 December 26 - . 10:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Ekspress AM-5 - . Mass: 3,600 kg (7,900 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Ekspress-2000. Spacecraft: Ekspress-2000. USAF Sat Cat: 39487 . COSPAR: 2013-077A. Apogee: 35,787 km (22,236 mi). Perigee: 35,786 km (22,236 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min.

    AM-5 used a Reshetnev Ekspress-2000 bus with C, Ku, Ka and L-band communications payloads developed in collaboration with the Canadian company MDA. The Briz-M made four burns to deliver Ekspress AM-5 to a sub-geostationary orbit of around 33,800 x 37,800 km x 0.18 deg. It used its on-board electric propulsion system (ion drive) to complete the trek to GEO.


2014 October 21 - . 15:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Ekspress AM-6 - . Payload: EXPRESS AM-6. Mass: 3,358 kg (7,403 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Ekspress-2000. Spacecraft: Ekspress-2000. USAF Sat Cat: 40277 . COSPAR: 2014-064A. Apogee: 35,789 km (22,238 mi). Perigee: 35,783 km (22,234 mi). Inclination: 0.0200 deg. Period: 1,436.08 min.

    The final Briz-M burn was incomplete, leaving the communications satellite in an orbit with a 1373 min period - significantly below the planned orbit. Ekspress AM-6 had to reach its geosynchronous destination using extra xenon propellant from its own electric propulsion system at the cost of operational lifetime. Ekspress AM-6 orbit is 1373.2 min, 31307 x 37784 km x 0.7 deg; the Briz-M's auxiliary SOZ thrusters disposed of the stage into a 1512.4 min, 34984 x 39549 km x 1.0 deg orbit. Stationed in geosynchronous orbit at 140 deg east.



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