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Russia to put Yamal-402 satellite into designated orbit


09:50, December 10, 2012

MOSCOW, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Russia will take additional measures to put a satellite into designated orbit, federal space agency Roscosmos said Sunday.

All systems of the Yamal-402 satellite were operating normally, Roscosmos press service chief Alexei Kuznetsov told Interfax news agency, adding the propulsion installation of the satellite would be fired twice to put it into the planned orbit.

The first maneuver was scheduled between Sunday night and Monday morning. "After all the maneuvering the satellite will be place under control of Gazprom Space System on January 8 as planned before," Kuznetsov said.

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the Yamal-402 telecommunications satellite was launched Saturday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

The Yamal-402, produced by the French company Thales Alenia Space, is a telecommunications satellite designed for the Russian Gazprom Space Systems (GSS).

According to Roscosmos, the Yamal satellite is equipped with 46 Ku-band transponders providing coverage over the most part of the territory of Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States members, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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