From Laboratory Equipment News
Russia's Roscosmos space agency says the Proton-M rocket was launched just before midnight Monday from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The booster's first stages worked fine, but the upper stage intended to give the final push to the satellites switched off prematurely.
The agency says that the engine's malfunction stranded the Russian Express MD-2 and Indonesia's Telkom-3 satellites in a low orbit where they can't be recovered.
"The satellites can be considered lost," Roscosmos spokeswoman Anna Vedishcheva says on Rossiya television.