Ekspress-AM22 (Russian: Экспресс-АМ22, meaning Express-AM22) is a Russian communications satellite. It belongs to the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) based in Moscow, Russia.[5]

Mission typeCommunications
OperatorRSCC / Eutelsat Communications
COSPAR ID2003-060A
SATCAT no.28134
Websitehttps://eng.rscc.ru/ (RSCC)
Mission duration12 years (planned)
15 years (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeKAUR
ManufacturerNPO PM (bus)
Alcatel Space (payload)
Launch mass2,600 kg (5,700 lb)
Dry mass590 kg (1,300 lb) [2]
Power6 kW
Start of mission
Launch date28 December 2003, 23:00:00 UTC[3]
RocketProton-K / DM-2M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
ContractorKhrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Entered service9 March 2004
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
DeactivatedJanuary 2019
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[4]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude53° East (2004-2015)
80° East (2015-2019)
Band24 Ku-band
Coverage areaEurope, Russia, Siberia, Asia


The satellite has a total of 24 transponders, 12 of which are referred to as SESAT-2, and are leased to Eutelsat by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC). The remaining 12 transponders, with domestic coverage of the Russian Federation, are commercialised by the RSCC under the name Ekspress-AM22.[2][6]


Ekspress-AM22 was launched by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, using a Proton-K / DM-02 launch vehicle. The launch took place at 23:00:00 UTC on 28 December 2003, from Site 200/39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.[3] Successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), Ekspress-AM22 raised itself into an operational geostationary orbit using its apogee motor.


The satellite can be received in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the most part of Russia. The transfer takes place in the Ku-band. Since the launch of Ekspress-AM6, Ekspress-AM22 has been moved to a new orbit at 80.0° East.


  1. "Ekspress-AM 22 / SESAT-2". Gunter's Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  2. "Ekspress-AM22 at 53° East". International Media Switzerland. 25 February 2014. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  3. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Report. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  4. "SESAT-2 (EXPRESS-AM22)". N2YO.com. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  5. "Express-AM22 satellite (launched on 29 December 2003, entered operation on 9 March 2004)". Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  6. "Eutelsat satellite fleet - SESAT-2 satellite at 53° East". Eutelsat. 9 November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2012.