|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||5,720 kg (12,610 lb) |
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||18 March 2015, 22:05:00 UTC |
|Rocket||Proton-M / Briz-M|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit |
|Coverage area||Russia, CIS|
EADS Astrium, was contracted in March 2012, which had become part of Airbus Defence and Space by the time of the satellite's launch, constructed Ekspress-AM7, which was based on the Eurostar 3000 satellite bus. The satellite has a mass of 5,720 kg (12,610 lb), provides 16 kilowatts to its payload, and a planned operational lifespan of 15 years. The satellite carried 62 transponders: 24 operating in the C-band of the electromagnetic spectrum, 36 in the Ku-band and 2 in the L-band. It is a replacemt for Ekspress-AM1.
Khrunichev was contracted to launch Ekspress-AM7, using a Proton-M / Briz-M launch vehicle - the same configuration that had failed to deploy the similar Ekspress AM4 and Ekspress AM4R. The launch took place from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, at 22:05:00 UTC on 18 March 2015. The satellite was deployed into the planned geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
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