The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has selected a team made up of Khrunichev Space Center and Astrium to build the Express AM4 communications satellite.

Express AM4 will use Astrium’s Eurostar E3000 satellite design and will be delivered in orbit by Khrunichev Space Center using the Proton launch vehicle.

The satellite will be equipped with a 63 active transponders operating in L, C, Ku and Ka bands at a payload power of 14kW for its planned 15-year service life in orbit.

RSCC currently operates 11 satellites from 14°W to 145°E in geostationary orbit, and is currently seeking high power satellites to complement its existing fleet.