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.