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Glitch upsets operation of Russia’s Express-AM3 satellite

February 04, 2015, 12:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Specialists are currently trying to determine what caused the glitch

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Model of a telecommunications satellite

Model of a telecommunications satellite

© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS

MOSCOW, February 4. /TASS/. A yet-to-be identified glitch has upset the operation of Russia’s telecommunications satellite Express-AM33 on Wednesday, a source in the space rocket industry has told TASS, adding that specialists are currently trying to determine the causes.

Express-AM33 was put in orbit in January 2008 and commissioned in 2008.

According to information available from open sources, the satellite is a joint product of the Reshetnev Company "Information Satellite Systems" and Thales Alenia Space, built under a contract with the federal state unitarian enterprise Satellite Communications. Express-AM33 provides digital TV broadcasting, telephony, video conferencing, data transmission and Internet access services. It covers a vast territory of Russia, Kazakhstan, northern regions of Central Asia, Mongolia and China.

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