Skip to page content
Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

The latest general information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on For FAA-specific COVID-19 resources, please visit
United States Department of TransportationUnited States Department of Transportation

Launch Details


The 31-transponder Ku-band 3190 kg (7031 lbm) satellite is based on the Alcatel Space Spacebus 3000B2. Nineteen of the transponders on the satellite will be switched into a high-power fixed beam over Russia. Sixteen of these transponders use the frequencies held by the Russian Federation (the RST-1 / RITM network), and will be used for direct-to-home digital television broadcasting by the Russian media group Media Most. One fixed and one steerable beam, each with six transponders, will be pointed over sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite has a design life of 12.5 years, with an expected end-of-life power of 6.000 kW.