The ILS Proton Breeze M with Express AM4 telecom satellite lifted from Pad 39 at the Cosmodrome at 21:25 GMT on August 17. After the 4th burn of Breeze M module the telemetry signal from the Breeze M and the satellite was interrupted. Few hours later, the engineers from Roscosmos have restored the connection to Breeze M module and currently analyse the telemetry data. There is a state comission formed to perform the investigation of this launch anomaly and we expect the additional information to be published at the Roscosmos website.
The satellite, weighting almost 5.8 metric tons, was designed and built jointly by Russia's Khrunichev Center and EADS Astrium. It carries 63 transponders operating in C-, Ku-, Ka and L-bands to provide services to provide high performance coverage over the Russian Federation and CIS countries from the 80 East orbital position.
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, 0:15 am August 12, 2011 (16:15UTC on August 11)
China Great Wall industry corporation successfully launched a Long March-3B/E carrier rocket with the communications satellite PAKSAT-1R for Pakistan as the satellite successfully separated from its carrier rocket and entered geostationary transfer orbit as scheduled.
Inmarsat plc (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announces the contract signed with International Launch Services (ILS) for the launch of three Inmarsat-5 satellites in 2013-14 by Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.