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Yamal-601 satellite in geostationary orbit

Solar panels and antennas have been deployed

Thales Alenia Space and Gazprom Space Systems announced yesterday that the Launch Early Operation Phase (LEOP) has been successfully completed and the Yamal-601 communications satellite is now in the nominal geostationary orbit (GEO) at the right position.This in orbit raising has been implemented with the backup LEOP strategy and the plannedmultiple manoeuvers occurred properly, the satellite being now in normal mode.The solar panels and antennas have been deployed, and the payload in-orbit testing (IOT) phaseis ready to start. The in-orbit service lifetime will be above the 15 contractual years and the satellite is expected tobe put in service at the end of the IOT phase.

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