The Straits Times
Published on Dec 09, 2012

Launch of Russia communications satellite goes awry: Official


MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia failed to put a communications satellite into designated orbit on Sunday, in the latest setback for the once-pioneering space industry, officials said.

"On Dec 9, during the placing of Yamal-402 satellite vehicle into designated orbit, the separation of the satellite vehicle occurred four minutes ahead of schedule," Russia's Roskosmos state space agency said in a statement.

The space agency added it had taken control of the satellite and was looking to fix the problem.

The satellite had been launched by a Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1313 GMT (9.13pm Singapore time) Saturday.