Russia failed to put a telecommunication satellite of Saudi-based Arabsat company into a designated orbit, the Russian Federal Space Agency said in a statement Wednesday.
The Arabsat-4A telecommunication satellite lifted off atop a Proton-M booster rocket at Moscow time 23:10 (2010 GMT) on Tuesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Briz-M upper stage on the rocket failed to function properly and failed to deliver the satellite to a designated orbit, the agency said.
The satellite's own engines will be used to put it in the final orbit after an expert commission examines the situation, the Itar-Tass news agency said.
The Arabsat-4A is a civilian satellite made by the Austrian Astrium company for Arabsat. It will provide digital television and telephone services to the Middle East, Europe and Asia for 15 years.