Ekspress A3

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Ekspress A3
Mission type Communication
Operator Kosmicheskiya Svyaz
Eutelsat
COSPAR ID 2000-031A
Mission duration 7 years
(Extended)
Spacecraft properties
Bus MSS-2500-GSO
Manufacturer NPO-PM
Alcatel Space
Launch mass 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 24 June 2000 (2000-06-24)
Rocket Proton-K/DM-2M
Launch site Baikonur Cosmodrome 200/39
Contractor Khrunichev
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 11° West

Ekspress A3 (Russian: Экспре́сс А3 meaning Express A3), also designated Ekspress 3A, is a Russian communications satellite which is operated by Kosmicheskiya Svyaz and Eutelsat. It was constructed by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki and Alcatel Space and is based on the MSS-2500-GSO satellite bus. The satellite was launched at Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 200 on 24 June 2000, 00:28 UTC. The launch was made by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, and a Proton-K/DM-2M carrier rocket was used.

It is part of the Ekspress satellite network.

Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in geosynchronous orbit at 11° West, from where it provides communications services to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. It is equipped with seventeen transponders.

References[edit]

  • Krebs, Gunter. "Ekspress-A 1, 2, 3". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  • "Express A3". Lyngsat. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  • McDowell, Jonathan (2000-07-04). "Issue 429". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  • "Express A3". Geostationary Satellites. Sat-ND. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-05-02.