April 19th 2013 - 10:20 UTC

Video of the launch is now available at the bottom of this page.

April 19th 2013 - 10:11 UTC

T+10 Minutes: SPACECRAFT SEPARATION! The Bion-M has successfully separated from the Soyuz third stage and is now in orbit after a 10 minute flight.

April 19th 2013 - 10:06 UTC

T+6 Minutes: Confirmation the second stage has separated as well as fairing jettison. The third stage is now burning.

April 19th 2013 - 10:02 UTC

T+2 Minutes: The four strap on boosters have separated from the vehicle.

April 19th 2013 - 10:00 UTC

T-0: LIFTOFF! A Soyuz 2-1A rocket has launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the first Bion-M capsule.

April 19th 2013 - 09:59 UTC

T-20 Seconds: Main engine start.

April 19th 2013 - 09:59 UTC

T-1 Minute: Umbilical towers are beginning to separate from the vehicle.

April 19th 2013 - 09:56 UTC

The launch key has been inserted.

April 19th 2013 - 09:55 UTC

T-5 Minutes and counting: All is ready for launch at site 31/6 in Baikonur, The skies are clear and the vehicle is ready for liftoff.

April 19th 2013 - 09:15 UTC

The two service structure halves are slowly lowering into launch position.

April 19th 2013 - 08:00 UTC

Yesterday morning a Russian Soyuz-1-2A rocket rolled out to Site 31/6 at Baikonur carrying the first Bion-M unmanned capsule full of experiments, including live animals. Launch is set for April 19th 2013 at 10:00 UTC.