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Originally posted by ferretman2
It's that Russia's rockets are extremely reliable and have not had a malfunction is quite some time. When launching high-million/billion dollar satellites I would think one would want the 'sure-thing'.
the launch failed due to an premature shut-down of the first-stage engine caused by a “critical degradation in operational capability of the engine turbo-pump.”
Volna Failure Review Board Reports on Loss of Cosmos 1
Originally posted by Bitdust
I'm just pissed --- ".. The first of five SAR-Lupe satellites is due to be launched in December by a Russian Cosmos 3M booster"....?? Russian? WTF?