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Ekran-M 18



Ekran-M 18 is a Russian geosynchronous communications spacecraft that was launched by the new/upgraded Proton-M rocket from Baikonur at 03:47 UT on 7 April 2001. The two ton spacecraft will provide direct-to-home video and voice channels to Siberia and far-eastern regions. (Proton-M can launch satellites 1.5 tons heavier than those launched by Proton-K, uses environment-friendly fuel that, in fact, will be fully burnt before the rocket re-enters, and its re-entry location can be controlled to a small, specific location. The fourth stage of the rocket is the well tested Breeze-M which may soon be replaced by a crygenic hydrogen-oxygen state named KVRB, so as to complete with Ariane-5's capability. Ekran-M 18 will replace the recently failed Ekran-M 15 that has been operating since October 1992, after parking near 105 deg-E longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 26736
  • Ekran-M18

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2001-04-07
Launch Vehicle: Proton-M
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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