Russian Rocket Fails: Yamal 402 Fails to Reach Proper Orbit (Video)

By on Dec 10, 2012 in Russia, Science, Technology, World Comments
Russian Proton Rocket fails

Russian Proton Rocket
Image Credit: Roscosmos

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 SystemsYamal 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.


Russian Yamal 402
Yamal 402
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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