Frankly speaking, the anniversary in 2011 — the year of the Russian space industry — for the Russian space turned out to be the most savory.
4 accident vehicle — it is a lot, but still Phobos-Grunt stuck in Earth’s …
Over the past years, we have the worst, perhaps, was only in 1996, when 24 of our launches RN — 4 have been accidental. Then, by the way, is also an ambitious Mars AMC-96 did not want to fly to Mars …
When compared with our main partners, space-competitors, they have failed to 4 starting from accidents RN was in 1995 and 1999 (the total number of runs 30 and 31, respectively).
On the other hand, we have the number of launches in recent years, growing and are working out the new launch vehicles and their stages, new engines again …
In general, we must not relax.
The main space of failure 2011:
February 1, 2011 when running on the launch vehicle rumble in the accident upper stage Breeze-KM (software error) spacecraft GEO-IK-2 launched into an unplanned orbit and can not be used for other purposes.
March 4, 2011 when running on the launch vehicle Taurus XL Glory spacecraft due nesbrosa fairing rocket fell into the ocean. Lost primary payload — CA Glory, as well as accompanying SC: KySat-1, Hermes and Explorer-1.
August 17, 2011 when running on the launch vehicle Progress M as a result of the accident the upper stage Breeze-M (software error) spacecraft Express-AM4 is not displayed on the target orbit and can not be used for other purposes.
August 18, 2011 when run on a carrier rocket Long March 2C as a result of the accident the 2nd stage of the launch of spacecraft fell Shi Jian 11-04.
August 24, 2011 when running on the launch vehicle Soyuz-U as a result of the accident the third stage of the launch fell transport cargo ship Progress M-12M.
December 23, 2011 when run on a carrier rocket Soyuz-2-1b as a result of the accident the third stage of the launch of spacecraft fell Meridian-5.
November 8, 2011 ILV Zenit-2SB withdraw the reference orbit AMC Phobos-Grunt. However, due to failure of the propulsion system of the spacecraft Phobos-Grunt failed to reach the escape trajectories to Mars and remained on a support orbit. Falling to Earth AMC is expected in mid-January 2012.
By the way, 3 crash RCN row (Russia-China-Russia) — is in the last 20 years there has been, perhaps, for the first time.
Launched into orbit by the space telescope Spektr-R spacecraft (Radioastron).
GLONASS constellation has earned in its entirety.
From Kourou began to run our unions (in 2011 produced two start-up)
PS For all this, the number of accidents to the number of launches from 2007 to 2011 at around U.S.. Russia 1 to 15.2, 17.2 to 1 U.S.