Russian Rocket Fails: Yamal 402 Fails to Reach Proper Orbit (Video)By Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on Dec 10, 2012 in Russia, Science, Technology, World •
The Russian Proton rocket fails during its launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, December 8, 2012, according to a report by the International Launch Services (ILS) and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency.
Reports say that the Breeze-M upper stage failed to lift the Russian satellite, Yamal 402, to a planned orbit when it was launched after sunset.
It was reportedly the third failed launch of the Russian Proton heavy-lift rocket over a period of 16 months.
The failed launch has left the Gazprom Space Systems’ Yamal 402 telecommunications satellite into a very-low orbit.
Launch of Yamal-402 Satellite on Russian Proton Breeze-M
Video Credit: SpaceVidsNet/YouTube
Breeze-M was expected to complete its ascent in nine hours and 15 minutes before releasing the 9,839-pound satellite into the planned “elliptical orbit ranging from 4,642 miles at perigee to 22,181 miles at apogee and inclined 9 degrees to the equator.” Yamal 402 will then maneuver itself into a circular geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles up and lowering inclination to match the Earth’s rotation. It would have begin a 15-year service life.
However, the rocket propulsion lasted for only nine minutes, four minutes short of expected burn.
Image Credit: Roscosmos
A Russian State Commission is set to investigate the failed launch. ILS is reportedly making its own Failure Review Oversight Board to review the commission’s final report and make a corrective action plan.
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