Russia to launch five comms satellites in 2007/08

5 Apr 2007

Russia will put three new communications satellites into orbit this year and another two next year, reports news service RIA Novosti. The Express-AM33 satellite is scheduled for launch in September with another two satellites, Express-AM44 and Express-MD1, expected to launch in December. Another two satellites, Express-AM4 and Express-MD2, will be sent into space next year, as part of a federal programme to launch 15 new communications satellites by 2015 to provide mobile communications for the president and government, and digital TV and radio broadcasts for the majority of remote regions in Russia and the CIS.