The Russian telecommunications satellite Express 80, launched on July 31 from the Baikonur space base, it was possibly damaged by space debris.
“The Express-80 satellite, while being carried to its point of operation, suffered damage to the on-board systems, supposedly from space debris “said a source in the space sector, quoted by Sputnik News. Another source said that the incident did not affect the propulsion system and that the device is still heading towards its final destination.
Added that the consequences of the damage will be clarified after the satellite occupies its predicted position in geosynchronous orbit.
The Express 80, built by ISS Reshetnev and Thales, is a communications satellite for the Russian national communications services owned by RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz).
With a design life of 15 years, Express 80 will be positioned at 80 degrees East. The payload power is approximately 6.3 kW. It is equipped with 16 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders to cover Russia, as well as two L-band transponders offering global coverage.