Mission Updates: Proton – YahSat 1B

An ILS Proton-M rocket launched on April 23rd 2012 at 22:18 UTC carrying the YahSat 1B communications satellite.

Mission Videos

April 23rd, 22:18 UTC
Successful Launch

April 24th 2012 – 04:50 UTC

YahSat 1B was successfully deployed from the Breeze-M after 9 hours and 12 minutes at 07:30 UTC.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:38 UTC

The first Breeze-M burn was completed successfully telemetry confirm, The rocket is now out of range and no further updates will be available for a short while.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:34 UTC

The first burn of the Breeze-M upperstage has been started.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:30 UTC

The third stage has shut down successfully and the Breeze-M separated from the third stage ahead of it’s 5 burns.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:25 UTC

The payload fairing has jettisoned and is all nominal.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:23 UTC

Stage three is now igniting as the second stage falls away.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:21 UTC

The first stage has separated and the second stage is burning.

April 23rd 2012 – 22:18 UTC

The 376th Proton rocket has lifted off from Baikonur on time!

April 23rd 2012 – 21:40 UTC

The launch structure surrounding the Proton was rolled back at the T-1 Hour mark ahead of launch.

April 23rd 2012 – 16:55 UTC

Video of the rollout is now online at the bottom of this page, Launch is still on track for tonight at 22:18 UTC.

April 20th 2012 – 15:00 UTC

Today the Proton-M rocket was rolled out to the launch complex ahead of launch, still set for April 23rd at 22:18 UTC.

Photo Credit: Khrunichev

April 16th 2012 – 22:00 UTC

Yesterday, April 15th, The upperstage Breeze-M with YahSat 1B was moved and mated to the Proton-M booster. Work will continue over the next few days to complete operations ahead of the next major milestone, Breeze-M fueling.

Photo Credit: Khrunichev

April 14th 2012 – 18:20 UTC

Over the next two days final work on the Proton-M’s fairing will be completed at the space center in Baikonur. The YahSat 1B satellite on top of the Breeze-M upperstage will be attached to the Proton-M rocket before being rolled out ahead of launch, currently set for April 24th 2012 at 22:18 UTC.

Photo Credit: Khrunichev

February 22nd 2012 – 16:00 UTC

Check back near launch day for videos on the mission.