Last week, Russia’s $300 million Express-AM4 communications satellite was stranded in the wrong orbit due to a malfunction of its Breeze-M upper stage (the second malfunction of a Breeze stage in six months). Russians officials have begun an investigation into the failure and are studying whether the spacecraft can be salvaged by moving it to a geosynchronous orbit at 36,000 km using on-board propulsion. However, according to figures provided by Space News, that could be quite a challenge:
|Breeze-M Performance for Express-AM4 Satellite|
|Apogee||35,786 km||20,317 km||15,469 km|
|Perigee||5,210 km||1,007 km||4,203 km|
|Inclination||20.5 degrees||51.3 degrees||30.8 degrees|
On the bright side, the satellite was insured for $270 million.