Phobos could destroy the Americans


A. Boiko

Experts consider the option of forcing the station. Russian station "Phobos-Grunt", which has not qualified for the flight trajectory to Mars and lounging in Earth orbit, fell on the eve of the Pacific Ocean, could be affected by the U.S. radar, "Kommersant" quoted a source in the space industry.

Some experts do not rule out the possibility that the radiation radar had devastating effects on electronics "Phobos" in the first hours after the start of the unit. "Now experts are considering the option of a physical failure or short circuit in the power supply system of the" Phobos-Grunt. "In addition, there are other options, one of which is connected to the external influence of the station," — a source told the newspaper.

Probably, the spacecraft came within range of U.S. radar installed in the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll. At this point he tracked the trajectory of the asteroid. "Do not excluded that in which the station happened to be in the range of the radar, so that under the influence of a megawatt impulse failed in electronics. After she has not been able to issue a command to switch the propulsion system" Phobos "- said the source.

Recall the "Phobos-Grunt" was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on November 9. He was supposed to go to Phobos and take soil samples from the surface. However, after separation from the launch vehicle in the unit with the engine, and it hung in orbit. Yesterday wreckage station fell into the Pacific Ocean.




The head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, in a recent interview did not rule out that the reason for the failure could be a sabotage. "I do not want to accuse anyone, but today there are very powerful means to influence spacecraft, possible applications which can not be excluded," — he said. However, Popovkin admitted that "Phobos" ran in haste. "If we did not have time to run it in a" window "in 2011 for a flight to Mars, we would just throw it away, writing off a loss of five billion rubles invested in it," — he explained.


Commission to study the causes of the accident is considering several versions. Final conclusions can be published by January 20. "We consider several versions, but so far none of them has found clear evidence, additional time is required," — said the head of the commission Koptev.

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