December 12th 2012 - 07:00 UTC
Using the onboard thrusters, the Yamal-402 satellite successfully arrived at it's planned location in orbit after being injected much lower than planned.
December 9th 2012 - 03:25 UTC
ILS have confirmed the anomaly and will be forming a Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) along with the Russian State Commission to try find a corrective measure for future launches.
Satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space is recalculating launch orbit parameters in order to propose a possible recovery plan to the satellite owner, Gazprom Space Systems.
December 9th 2012 - 03:15 UTC
Yamal-402 was released from the Breeze-M upper stage four minutes earlier than planned, resulting in a lower than planned orbit. It is unknown at this time if the satellite can make up the lost ground itself.
December 8th 2012 - 13:32 UTC
The first Breeze-M burn has completed successfully.
December 8th 2012 - 13:25 UTC
The third stage of the Proton-M has now shutdown and separated from the Breeze-M upper stage and payload. The upper stage has four burns to complete ahead of payload separation.
December 8th 2012 - 13:20 UTC
The third stage of the Proton-M is now burning, The payload fairing has also separated from the vehicle.
December 8th 2012 - 13:15 UTC
T+2 Minutes: The first stage of the Proton-M has shut down and separated on time.
December 8th 2012 - 13:14 UTC
Low cloud has restricted views unfortunately, but everything continues nominally.
December 8th 2012 - 13:13 UTC
T-0: LAUNCH! An ILS Proton-M rocket has lifted off from Baikonur carrying the Yamal-402 satellite.
December 8th 2012 - 13:10 UTC
T-3 Minutes and counting.
December 8th 2012 - 13:05 UTC
Weather is green this evening with cloudy skies and temperatures of 2c/35f.
December 8th 2012 - 12:45 UTC
T-30 Minutes: The technicians and ground grew have now left the launch pad ahead of liftoff.
December 8th 2012 - 12:30 UTC
The skies are darkening at Baikonur as the rocket sits fully fuelled ready for liftoff.
December 8th 2012 - 12:05 UTC
The launch gantry is currently moving away from the rocket in a foggy Baikonur as we near T-1 Hour to launch.
December 8th 2012 - 05:40 UTC
A ILS Proton-M rocket was rolled out to the launch pad at Baikonur ahead of launch. Launch is set for December 8th 2012 at 13:13 UTC. The rocket will carry the Yamal-402 satellite into orbit.
Yamal-402 has 46 Ku-Band transponders which will provide coverage of Europe, Russia and Asia, The craft will have a life expectancy of 15 years.