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KRASNOYARSK, February 29 (Itar-Tass) — The Krasnoyarsk-based company Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS) and Canada’s MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) have reached an agreement on the joint development of business on the international market of geostationary satellites.
According to the press service of ISS-Reshetnev, the marketing agreement provides for cooperation in the development of business in the market of geostationary satellites weighing up to 1,350 kg and a payload capacity not exceeding 3 kW on the Express-1000 K platform produced by ISS and payloads manufactured by MDA. In addition, the parties expressed their intention to jointly develop new subsystems of advanced satellites.
The cooperation agreement envisages the active use of financial instruments of Canada’s official export agency (EDC - Export Development Canada), which provides support to the Canadian exporters and their international trade partners.
Cooperation with MDA, as well as with other domestic and foreign apace industry enterprises, is aimed at developing new sales markets and raising competitiveness of ISS-made geostationary telecommunications satellites on the global market.
At present, the Russian and Canadian companies are working together to implement three telecommunications satellites projects - Express-AM5, Express-AM6, on the order of the national satellite communications operator FSUE Satellite Communications and Lybid for Ukraine. The Express-AM5 and AM6 spacecraft are designed to provide mobile presidential and governmental communications, digital television and radio broadcasting services, multimedia services (telephony, videoconferencing, data transmission, access to the Internet) and VSAT networks. ISS-Reshetnev is also responsible for the production of platforms, structures, payload module structures, integration and testing of the spacecraft. MDA specialists create transponders and antennas for these satellites.