Russia’s RSCC starts service on Express-80, Express-103 satellites; no insurance claim for Express-80

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Express-80 all-electric satellite launched in July 2020 and suspected of having suffered damage by an unknown orbital object — a micrometeoroid or a piece of debris — has entered service in geostationary orbit without major damage, its owner said.

Express-80 is owned by the Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC) of Moscow. It was launched in July together with the Express-103 satellite. Both were built by Russia’s ISS Reshetnev, with payload electronics from Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy.

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