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Russian Space Agency Launches Investigation Into Failed Launch

30 Nov 2017, 12:59 UTC
Russian Space Agency Launches Investigation Into Failed Launch
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Though the November 28 launch was initially reported as successful, Russia lost connection with its new weather satellite Meteor-M – the primary payload on board the rocket – within hours of its launch.
A Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on November 28. Credit: Roscomos
Nineteen satellites that Russia launched on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket November 28 are now being considered by many as lost. One of the companies involved in the mission has expressly said that the launch was a failure, Space.com reported, and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos is said to have announced an expedited probe into the causes of the failure.

A rapid investigation: Russia’s @roscosmos announces failure-review committee to determine cause of Nov 28 Soyuz failure that destroyed 19 sats inc. meteorological sat, with results expected by Dec. 15.
— Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) November 30, 2017

Though the launch was initially reported as successful, Russia lost connection with its new weather satellite Meteor-M – the primary payload on board the rocket – within hours of its launch. “Contact has not been established because it is not on its planned orbit,” BBC quoted Roscomos as saying then.
Since then, neither Roscomos nor Glavkosmos (the company ...

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