March 26th 2013 - 10:00 UTC

ILS have confirmed completion of all planned burns and the successful separation of SatMex-8 into orbit at 07:20 UTC.

March 26th 2013 - 19:35 UTC

Video of launch and processing highlights of SatMex-8 are now available in full HD at the bottom of this page.

March 26th 2013 - 19:25 UTC

The first Breeze-M burn completed successfully.

March 26th 2013 - 19:17 UTC

T+10 Mins: The third stage of the Proton-M has shut down and separated from the Breeze-M upper stage.

March 26th 2013 - 19:15 UTC

The payload fairing has separated right on time.

March 26th 2013 - 19:10 UTC

T+3 Mins: The second stage is continuing to burn well.

March 26th 2013 - 19:09 UTC

T+2 Mins: The first stage has shut down and separated from the second stage!

March 26th 2013 - 19:07 UTC

T-0: LIFTOFF! A Russian Proton-M rocket has lifted off from Baikonur with the SatMex-8 satellite onboard.

March 26th 2013 - 19:06 UTC

T-1 Minute and counting, all is going well in Baikonur.

March 26th 2013 - 18:50 UTC

Weather conditions in Baikonur are ideal tonight giving a 'GO' for launch.

March 26th 2013 - 18:00 UTC

The service tower has rolled back from the Proton-M rocket ahead of launch tonight.

March 25th 2013 - 19:45 UTC

A ILS Proton-M rocket was rolled out to the launch pad at Baikonur ahead of launch. Launch is set for March 26th 2013 at 19:07 UTC. The rocket will carry the SatMex-8 satellite into orbit.

SatMex-8 will provide C-band and Ku-band communications for North, Central and South Americas, replacing SatMex-5.

This will be the return to flight launch of a Proton-M since the failure of Yamal-402 in December of last year.