On 9 December, during the target orbit insertion phase, the Yamal 402 spacecraft separated ahead of the scheduled time, however the spacecraft is under control and evaluation is performed of its orbit parameters. All the satellite systems are functioning nominally and experts believe that 2-4 additional burns of the propulsion system will be required to place it to the target orbital position.
Following the completion of all maneuvers, the spacecraft will be handed over to OAO Gazprom Space Systems for operation as originally planned, i.e. on 8 January.
Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket has successfully launched the EUTELSAT-70B satellite weighing 5,210 kilograms (11,485 lbs.) and built by Astrium, an EADS company, from the Equator on the ocean-based Launch Platform Odyssey completing its 2nd mission for Eutelsat and marking the completion of Sea Launch's third and final mission in 2012. The launcher lifted off at 12:43:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Monday, December 3rd (20:43:59 UTC/GMT, 21:43:59 CET) and one hour and six minutes later, the Block DM-SL upper stage inserted the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit and Eutelsat acquired the spacecraft's first signals shortly after spacecraft separation. All systems performed nominally throughout the launch mission.
Chinese communication satellite Chinasat 12 (Supremesat 1) has been successfully launched into geosynchronous orbit from Xichang cosmodrome by Long March-3B/E rocket. The satellite carries 23-Ku and 24-C band transponders and will replace CHINASAT 5A satellite at 87.5 degrees East longitude.
BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, November 20, 2012 10:46 pm (GMT)
A Proton M integrated launch vehicle (ILV) has successfully lunched the Echostar 16 satellite from the Baikonur Kazakhstan cosmodrome. The satellite has successfully separated from the launch vehicle on schedule at 10:43pm EST, or 03:43 GMT after 9 hours and 12 minutes mission.
Lifting off at 21:05 UTC from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch complex in French Guiana Ariane 5 ECA launcher has successfully deployed the EUTELSAT 21B and Star One C3 satellites after 33-minute mission. It was the 66th flight of an Ariane 5 and the 210th launch of a European-built Ariane family vehicle, maintaining Arianespace’s sustained mission pace in 2012.