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Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2015-012A
SATCAT no.40505
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEkspress
BusEurostar 3000
ManufacturerEADS Astrium
Launch mass5,720 kg (12,610 lb) [1]
Power16 kW
Start of mission
Launch date18 March 2015, 22:05:00 UTC [2]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [3]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude40° East
Band62 transponders:
24 C-band
36 Ku-band
2 L-band
Coverage areaRussia, CIS

Ekspress-AM7 (Russian: Экспресс-АМ7 meaning Express-AM7) is a Russian communications satellite operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC).

Satellite description[edit]

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.[4] 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.[1] It is a replacemt for Ekspress-AM1.[5]


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).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Express AM7". Russian Satellite Communications Company. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ Bergin, Chris. "Russian Proton-M launches with Ekspress-AM7 mission". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ "EXPRESS AM7 2015-012A 40505". N2YO.com. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Express AM4R and Express AM7". Airbus Defense and Space. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Ekspress-AM1". Gunter' Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Ekspress-AM7". Gunter' Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2021.