Moscow, Oct 21: Russia will launch five communication satellites in 2013, the developer has said.
“The first in line is Express-AM5. We will be ready to launch it in the second quarter of 2013,” Nikolai Testoyedov, head of the Informational Satellite Systems company, said.
The Express-AM6 satellite will also be ready at that time, he said.
Express-AM5 and Express-AM6 are designed to provide Russia with digital radio and TV broadcasting needs, China Daily reported Saturday.
Three more satellites of that type, two of which will be launched in a bundle, have been scheduled for launch during 2013.
Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has planned to upgrade Proton rocket carrier for the upcoming launches.