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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: PhloydPhan
it hasn't launched any ISS components since; I hate to be pedantic, but saying that it "services the ISS" is a bit of a push…
Buliding the ISS and servicing it are two different subjects.
Little else is "pushing" astronauts or supplies up there…
originally posted by: ratpunk
If I was Russia I would do the same thing to piss off USA. Burn up a Billion dollar satellite...
There hasn't been a single Proton launch to the ISS since the Zvezda launch in 2000; Proton doesn't launch ISS resupply. Russian Progress resupply vehicles are launched by Soyuz rockets.
Medvedev assured that despite very careful examination of the quality control procedures, no violations of the established process had been found this time. According to Medvedev, the telemetry from the mission provided a very clear picture of the accident, while production and testing of the rocket before the flight caused most controversy.