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NEC Wins Russian Satellite Order
Tokyo - July 26, 2000 - NEC Corporation and trading houses Sumitomo Corp, and Mitsui & Co have won an order from the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) for a communications payload, "Express - AM1" in the first such order for a Japanese company from Russia.

The order is the first of three Express - AM satellites to be awarded. The order of the first phase is approximately US$ 37 million. NEC expects the total order of the three satellites will amount to over US$100 million.

The Express - AM1 satellite will be launched at the beginning of 2002 and will consist of Ku - band:16 CH / C - band: 9 CH / L - band:1CH transponders, and is aimed at use of telecommunications, broadcastings, and Internet in the territory of Russia, Europe, India, CIS, Middle East, and Africa. NEC has been selected as the systems integrator for the complete communication payload.

RSCC is state owned company operating under the Russian Federal Ministry for Communications and Informatization and has 11 communications satellites together with the largest satellite ground station operations in the country.

RSCC plans to launch 10 new satellites and has selected NEC as one of its key partners for this task. The company has already launched three of its planned satellites and plans to launch another seven including three Express - AM satellites from 2002 to 2003.

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Japan, Russia Discuss Additional Space Cooperation
Naha (Interfax) July 22, 2000 - Setting up of satellite communications on the basis of the Express space system joint project will be among the key issues concerning economic cooperation between Japan and Russia at a Japanese-Russian summit in Tokyo in September, Russian Telecommunications and Information Minister Leonid Reiman has said.

The Russian Space Communication State Company (SCSC) signed a contract with the Sumitomo trading house and the NEC telecommunications company on July 20 in Tokyo on purchasing components in Japan for constructing a satellite in Krasnoyarsk under Japan's loan and launching the spaceship with a Russian rocket, Reiman said.

It is the first time that Japanese companies participate in financing a project in addition to supplying components, Reiman said. He also pointed to the fact that the $37-million loan granted for 6.5 years is guaranteed by the SCSC rather than the state.

The project is to be implemented in several years. A total of eight satellites will be constructed to "cover" the whole Russian territory and some neighboring regions. The issue so far concerns using them for Russia's needs, though "the possibility of their employment [also for Japan] was brought up" at negotiations, Reiman said.


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Russian Plans 14 More Launches For 2000
Moscow (Interfax) July 25, 2000 - Russia's strategic rocket forces have planned at least 14 more space rocket launches before the end of the year, the forces' press service has announced with reference to deputy commander in charge of space programs, Lt. Gen. Valery Grinya.



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