Launch of Proton-M Carrying Telkom 3 and Express MD2

A Proton-M rocket lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan today, August 6th 2012, at 19:31 UTC carrying the Telkom 3 and Express MD2 communication satellites.

Telkom 3 will provide 32 C-band and 10 Ku-band transponders for Indonesia communications. Express MD2 will provide 8 C-band and 3 L-band transponders for communications across Russia.

Update: The upperstage Breeze-M failed during the third of four burns. It is expected the satellites are lost.

Source: Roscosmos

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