Russia’s state-owned commercial satellite operator Russia Satellite Communications Co (RSCC) is looking to buy two new commercial satellites, provisionally called Express-80 and Express-103.
RSCC is hiring a bank in order to secure finance of a total of some $165 million in order to fund the building of the two satellites. Thales-Alenia Space will supply the payloads for the satellites.
RSCC is the leading Russian satellite operator, and maintains satellites covering the orbital arc from 14 degrees West to 140 degrees East.
It works closely with international players such as Eutelsat and Intelsat. For example, RSCC operates a ground station (teleport) with Eutelsat to serve the Express-AMU1 satellite which operates at 36 degrees East.