Roscosmos lost another spacecraft


MOSCOW, Dec 23 — RIA Novosti. The reason for the loss of the satellite "Meridian" was the work of an abnormal motor third stage rocket "Soyuz-2", told RIA Novosti the troops military space defense (ASD), Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin.

"During the launch of a spacecraft" Meridian "from the cosmodrome" Plesetsk "for 421 seconds of flight as a result of abnormal operation propulsion third stage rocket" Soyuz-2 "spacecraft is not launched into orbit," — said the source.

He added that at present the reasons contingency establishes state commission.

"Meridian" — dual satellite, designed for both military and civilian purposes. Held on Friday, starting a satellite of this type was the fifth since 2006, the last occurred in May this year and was successful.

This is not the first state of emergency in the domestic space in recent months. Previous accident occurred on August 24. Carrier rocket "Soyuz-U" with space truck "Progress M-12M", which carried to the space station, including food, water and equipment, the day kicked off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. 325 seconds of flight disruption was the propulsion system, which led to its emergency shutdown. As a result, the ship fell near the Altai Mountains, death and destruction on the ground was not.

Source: RIA Novosti

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