The Russian Space Agency Roskosmo declared that a failure has occurred on the most recent ascent mission of a Briz-M Vehicle carrying two communications satellites to geostationary orbit after successfully being launched by a Proton-M launch Vehicle at 19:31 GMT on August 6, 2012.

One of the satellites, the Telkom-3 satellite — a $200 million communications satellite built by Russia for Telekomunikasi Indonesia, went missing from its planned orbit shortly after taking off from the Russian cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Telkom Indonesia released a statement on August 8 confirming the failure of the launch, citing “an anomaly in the Telkom-3 launching, particularly on the Briz-M rocket operation”. The release states that the satellite could only reach intermediate orbit and investigations, headed by First Deputy General of Designer and General Director of ISS-Reshetnev Russia, the main contractor of the satellite, are underway.