Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has confirmed to Eutelsat that all manoeuvres to deploy the Express AT1 and Express AT2 satellites are progressing according to plan, following their dual launch on March 16, 2014, by a Proton M rocket.
Express AT1 and AT2, owned and operated by RSCC, are high-power, Ku-band satellites designed to support expansion of digital services in the Russian Federation, complementing coverage of the European part of Russia provided by the EUTELSAT 36A and B satellites located at 36 degrees East. Express AT1 will replace an existing satellite at 56 degrees East to bring fresh and expanded broadcasting resources over Siberia. Express AT2 will be located at 140 degrees East to deliver satellite broadcasting services to homes in Far East Russia.
Following agreements with RSCC, Eutelsat has contracted 15-year leases for transponders across Express AT1 and AT2 that will principally serve the Tricolor TV and NTV Plus TV platforms.
Express AT1 will be commissioned following completion of in-orbit tests in April. Commercial operation of Express AT2 will start in May.