Satellite business strong for Volga-Dnepr

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has seen a big increase in shipments for the aerospace industry with 22 flights moving space satellites over a 12-week period to the end of May.


Satellite business strong for Volga-Dnepr


Volga-Dnepr Airlines has seen a big increase in shipments for the aerospace industry with 22 flights moving space satellites over a 12-week period to the end of May. One of its latest shipments was the Express AM6 Russian satellite from Krasnoyarsk in Russia to Baikonur, Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch later this year. Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 freighter carrying the 25 tonne cargo also transported support equipment for the satellite.

The satellite was protected by a hightech container to ensure and monitor its optimal cleanliness and temperature during the transportation process.

The two flights operated in support of this shipment were on behalf of the JSC Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company. Volga-Dnepr has previously delivered the Express AM6 telecommunications satellite from Montreal to Krasnoyarsk.

On May 20, a further eight satellites were carried on a single IL-76TD- 90VD cargo flight from the Czech city of Pardubice to Yasnyi, the Russian spaceport. The satellites, produced in the UK, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain, were delivered on behalf of Air Charter Service, a longstanding customer of Volga-Dnepr.