Eutelsat extends pact with RSCC for satellite control from Dubna center

Eutelsat Communications and the RSCC (Russian Satellite
Communications Company) have extended their agreement. As per the agreement,
RSCC will provide key services to control Eutelsat’s satellites. RSCC manages satellite control activities for Eutelsat from its Dubna Satellite Communications Center (SCC) near Moscow.


The new five-year contract, which will take effect in
September 2012, was signed in Paris during World Satellite Business Week by
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, and Yuri Prokhorov, CEO of RSCC.


It extends the collaboration on satellite control between
both companies which began in 1997 when RSCC was selected by Eutelsat to be a
partner in its international ground station network following an international


Operations for Eutelsat began in Dubna in 1998. The facilities located today at RSCC’s centre comprise
eight antenna systems for simultaneous monitoring and control of ten Eutelsat
satellites in geostationary orbit.


“RSCC represents a partner with exceptional
competence in satellite control services and we have no hesitation in renewing
our longstanding collaboration. With the significant expansion of our fleet
over almost 15 years, and in particular the deployment of satellites further
East, the Dubna facilities have been an important asset for efficient and
flexible operations. We look forward to taking this cooperation to a new
level,” said Michel de Rosen, CEO, Eutelsat.



“This agreement is clear evidence of how
comprehensive, long-term, and successful the cooperation between two major
players on the world satellite market can be if it is built on mutual
understanding and efficient use of one another’s capabilities,” said Yuri
Prokhorov, chief executive officer, RSCC.



“The RSCC satellite centre’s unique geographic
location enables it to monitor satellites in the orbital coverage area from 27
degrees West to 201 degrees East. The experience we have gained in working with
Eutelsat has been successfully applied to similar projects for control and
monitoring of other satellites, including RSCC’s own fleet,” Prokhorov



Eutelsat Communications recently announced a 6-year
distribution agreement
valued at 20 million between its Skylogic subsidiary and Egyptsat.



The agreement enables Egyptsat to use the Tooway satellite
service to provide broadband services to users beyond reach of terrestrial or
wireless networks across Egypt.



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