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Russia Fails To Insert Yamal-402 Satellite Into Desired Orbit

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Yamal-402 communications satellite at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space CenterYamal-402 communications satellite at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space CenterLaunch of Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur Space Center
05:29 09/12/2012
Tags: Yamal-402, Gazprom Space Systems (GSS), Roscosmos, Gazprom, Space, Russia

MOSCOW, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has failed to put the Yamal-402 communications satellite in the desired orbit as it separated from the upper stage four minutes prior to the calculated time, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Sunday.

A Proton-M launch vehicle with a Breeze-M upper stage, carrying the Yamal-class telecoms satellite for Gazprom Space Systems (GSS), a telecommunications arm of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom, blasted off at 5:13 p.m. Moscow time [13:13 GMT] on Saturday from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.

A space industry expert told RIA Novosti the spacecraft’s manufacturer is working on a plan to use the satellite’s own engines and fuel reserves to adjust its orbit.

“Yamal-402 has been deployed into an orbit close to the calculated one, and unless it was damaged by the early separation, it is likely that the satellite may be used as designated with some restrictions,” the expert said.

The Yamal-402 satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space, is equipped with 46 Ku-band transponders providing for the coverage zone over the most part of the territory of Russia, the CIS, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

This is the second Yamal-class telecoms satellite launched for the GSS this year. The Yamal-300K telecoms satellite, built by Russia’s Reshetnev space company, was orbited on November 3. Its service zone covers 95 percent of the Russian territory.

The GSS, formerly known as Gazcom, also has Yamal-201 and Yamal-202 telecoms satellites in orbit. The company plans to have the Yamal satellite network in full operation by 2020.

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  • shanksinhaWorrying Trend
    13:29, 09/12/2012
    While space launches are always a tricky affairs with no definite guarantees for success, satellite launch record of Russian space agency has recently been less than optimal. Launch failures and orbit placement errors have sadly become something of a worrying trend lately. Even if on board engines are used to elevate Yamal-402 orbit successfully, its life-cycle will be greatly diminished. Majority of such glitches can be attributed to lack of proper quality control in manufacturing process. Reputation of Russia as a viable commercial satellite launch service provider suffers meanwhile. Allowing agencies like Arianespace to dominate markets. ROSCOSMOS needs to revitalize its intrinsic strengths to remain a viable player in the market.

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