Russian-French cooperation in making satellites has good prospects
Vice President Sales CIS with the French company Alcatel Space Eric Lenseigne, having completed his working trip to the city of Zheleznogorsk of the Krasnoyarsk Territory on June 8, highly estimated the results of his long cooperation with the Siberians in developing Earth’s artificial satellites. He did so before his departure from Krasnoyarsk.
For more than ten years of joint work with the specialists of the NPO PM “we have already developed some nine new-generation space vehicles each of which can work in orbits for ten and more years,” Mr. Lenseigne stressed.
The task of “maximally extending our common business with a view to gaining new positions on the international market of means of space communication” has now been set, he went on to say.
Estimating NPO PM’s potential, the Vice President stated that this enterprise, as distinct from the analogous Russian and foreign ones, “does not have separate possibilities but has an absolutely complete spectrum of space technologies, including holding the whole cycle of the necessary ground tests of satellites.”
Since business relations of the two firms’ specialists are “mutually useful and instructive”, the cooperation between Alcatel Space and NPO PM “has very long-term prospects,” Mr. Lenseigne believes.
The Reshetnev scientific and production association of applied mechanics (NPO PM) is implementing a contract to develop and launch five Exspress-AM satellites.
He also said that the Russian Communications Ministry and the Federal Space Agency are also clients under the program.
The contract defines specifications, terms and slots where we are to put the satellites,” said Korchagin. He maintained that Russia has a total of 24 registered slots in the orbit, 22 of which are occupied by satellites of NPO PM. According to him, the company launched the first Express-AM22 satellite on December 28 last year, while already on 6 March,2004 it began operating. “Usually it takes six to eight months for a satellite to pass tests and start operation. In this case we managed to do it in two and a half months,” said he. Korchagin added that the first satellite was made in record-short time, only 27 months after the contract had been signed. “Our company is the only one in Russia possessing the technologies to develop spacecraft with service lives of over 10 years. For instance, the Express-AM has a service life of 12 years, " said he.
French telecommunications technology firm Alcatel and Comstar United Telesystems, one of Russia’s largest alternative telecoms operators, have announced the signature of a protocol that will deliver co-operation between the two companies for the integration and further development of existing telecommunication networks owned by operators that are part of the Comstar group.
The Protocol also covers the introduction of new broadband services and technologies. The two firms plan to develop principles for end-to-end interaction of networks owned by Comstar United Telesystems operators, to introduce a common set of services for their unified network, to optimize use of existing infrastructure, and to develop a single management system and maintenance for the integrated network and services.
Alcatel has also announced that it has been awarded a contract by Russian telco JSC North-West Telecom to build a multi-service access network in Russia’s northwest federal region for the delivery of integrated voice and data services. The region’s telecommunications market is Russia’s second-largest in terms of service volume. Alcatel’s contract with North-West Telecom will cover eight of the nine largest cities in the region: St.Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Veliky Novgorod, Cherepovets, Murmansk, Arkangel, Kaliningrad.
The French firm has also announced the signing of a series of contracts totaling euro 21M with Smarts, another regional mobile operator in Russia. The contracts call for the delivery of Alcatel mobile solutions to extend Smarts GSM/GPRS network. In the initial phase of the project, to be completed in July, 2004, Alcatel will cover the cities of Samara and Toliatti. In the second phase, Alcatel will supply and install significant GSM/GPRS network extensions in Samara and Toliatti, as well as in Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny and Saratov.