Friday, December 23, 2011

Another Failure for Russia

Space.com reports that earlier today "An unmanned Soyuz-2 rocket launched the Meridian military communications satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian northern region. But the rocket failed to reach orbit, making it the fifth failed space mission for Russia in 2011."

"This area of the space industry is in sort of a crisis," Russian space agency chief Vladimir Popovin told reporters in a televised press conference today. "We can say even now that the problem lies in the engine." But more analysis is needed to be certain exactly what went wrong, he added.

The incident occured on the same day that Soyuz TMA-03M delivered three crew members to the International Space Station.

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