The Russian telecommunications satellite Express-80, which was launched in July from the Baikonur cosmodrome, was damaged.
According to one of the interlocutors, space debris could have entered the device. “Express-80” launched into orbit on July 31 together with the “Express-103” spacecraft the “Proton-M” launch vehicle with the “Briz-M” upper stage.
The Express-80 satellite, when brought to its operating point, suffered damage to onboard systems, presumably due to the ingress of space debris.
Another source reported that the engine remained intact, the device continues to be added. According to him, the consequences of the incident will become clear after the satellite is at its operating point.
As the head of the Institute of Space Policy Ivan Moiseev explained to RIA Novosti, the collision of a satellite with space debris or other object can lead to problems in its functioning.
The Express-80 satellite is designed for fixed and mobile communications, digital TV and radio broadcasting, high-speed Internet access, and data transmission in Russia.