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CryoSat Satellite Lost.

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posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 02:09 PM
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A European satellite dedicated to the study of ice that was to be put into orbit by a Russian launcher overnight has been lost, a senior Russian space official was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency.

The $US170million CryoSat satellite was to have scanned the thickness of polar ice sheets and floating sea ice to an unprecedented accuracy, as part of an effort to understand global warming.
"We suppose that the satellite with its acceleration device fell at the site intended for that purpose, into the Lincoln Sea, near the North Pole," said Lieutenant General Oleg Gromov, deputy commander of the Russian Space Forces.

"The satellite did not go into orbit because of a dysfunction in the final stage... of the second stage of the Rockot launcher," Vyacheslav Davidenko, spokesman for the Russian Space Agency.

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Sanc'.
Edit: Grammar

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posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 02:16 PM
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Well let me play devils advocate and call conspiracy here, a satellite desgined to study the effects of global warming in great detail is lost, who would benifit from this, if what the satellite reveals is potentialy disastrous?



posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 02:33 PM
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Polar satellite crashes into sea: reports

European Space Agency spokesman Franco Bonacina said ground stations did not see if the rocket's third stage fired to put the satellite into the correct orbit.

"We don't really know what's happening right now," he told Reuters.

The satellite was launched at about 1500 GMT on Saturday on board a Rokot launcher, which is a converted inter-continental ballistic missile.

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apc

posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 09:03 PM
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Sounds like the Russians are just having problems with their old ICBM lifters.

Remember the solar sail?

I guess it's somewhat comforting to know that if nukes start flying, half of theirs won't even make it to their targets.



posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 03:25 AM
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According to SpaceFlightNow the failure was caused by missing command from on-board flight control system to shutdown second stage engine.

No engine shutdown = no stage separation = second stage, third stage and the cryosat ends up falling back on Earth in the designated second stage drop zone (ocean).
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Sorry couldn't resist that last part



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posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 09:37 AM
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Originally posted by apc
Remember the solar sail?


Cosmos 1. Crashy crashy!


Originally posted by apc
I guess it's somewhat comforting to know that if nukes start flying, half of theirs won't even make it to their targets.


Yeah dropping radioactive fallout possibly on allied countries or absolutely destroying the ocean ecosystems. Man. These ICMB's are good at destroying things. They don't even have warheads and they already managed to destroy$170 million!



posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 09:38 AM
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Originally posted by Merkeva
Well let me play devils advocate and call conspiracy here, a satellite desgined to study the effects of global warming in great detail is lost, who would benifit from this, if what the satellite reveals is potentialy disastrous?


Heh. Global Warming. Thats funny.

The world always warms up a few hundred years before an Ice Age.

35 Years of science all of a sudden out weighs hundred's of years of history?

LOL.



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