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Monday, March 12, 2018

The reason for the failed launch of the “Meteor” could be a faulty booster

A little off target, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to congratulate starting calculation of the cosmodrome East with the successful launch of the rocket “Soyuz-2.1 b” with 19 satellites on Board. The main spacecraft “meteor-M” № 2-1 at the appointed time was not on the target orbit. Already a version that the head of the rocket with the “payload” reached the bottom of the Atlantic ocean somewhere near Antarctica.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

It was the second launch of the carrier rocket “Union” with the East. The main objective of the launch was the launch into sun-synchronous orbit 3-ton spacecraft “meteor-M” №2-1. He had to fill up space complex hydrometeorological and Oceanographic software “meteor-3M”. Customers spoke of the defense Ministry of Russia and Roshydromet. “Meteor-M” №2 is the second series of advanced spacecraft (satellite previous series “meteor-M” №1 in 2014 fulfilled the 5-year period of his active life and was withdrawn from operational use due to an unstable system orientation). To replace him in 2014 was launched “meteor-M” №2. Operating in normal mode, it “waited” on the orbit of two of their fellows. One of them was supposed to be launched on Tuesday, the other in the first half of 2018. Information “Meteor-M” really needed and forecasters, and the military to monitor sea surface. Now the formation of factions has been postponed indefinitely.

The weather satellite was supposed to separate first, followed by a cluster of 18 smaller KA: Japanese cleaner IDEA of space debris, the satellite remote sensing “Baumanets-2” production “NPO Mashinostroyenia”… by the Way, “Baumanets-1” during the launch in 2006, suffered the same sad fate — a carrier rocket, launched from Baikonur, fell down in the Kazakh steppe. In the output the “Frigate” was also a LEO spacecraft Vantage (Canada), AISSat-W (Norway), Swedish satellites SEAM, the American group of devices Landmapper-BC and LEMUR and German D-Star One.

According to the official information of the Russian space Agency, “during the first scheduled communication session with the spacecraft (“meteor-M”) could not establish connection”. As the versions were considered the fault of the upper stage “Fregat”.

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