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Operation to "rescue" Yamal-402 a success
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Dec 18, 2012


File image: Yamal-402.

Experts of the Thales Alenia Space company have completed a unique operation to "rescue" Yamal-402 satellite.

On December 9 the Breeze-M upper stage of Russia's Proton heavy-lift rocket failed, placing Yamal 402 telecommunications satellite into a too-low orbit. The satellite reached geostationary orbit after the fourth ignition of its own engine.

Yamal-402 was built by Thales Alenia Space for Gazprom Space Systems.

It will join the existing group of domestic communications satellites with transponders beaming to Russian territory, as well as Western and Central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Source: Voice of Russia

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Thales Makes Second Attempt to Adjust Yamal Orbit
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Dec 13, 2012
Specialists from Thales Alenia Space carried out on Tuesday a second out of four scheduled maneuvers to bring the Yamal-402 satellite into its designated orbit, Russia's Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) company said. The first maneuver with the use of the satellite's own engines and fuel reserves was conducted on Sunday night as Yamal failed to reach its desired geostationary orbit after a prem ... read more


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