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Missing military satellite (Geo-IK-2)

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posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 01:28 PM
Look at the north atlantic ocean, there is a Space event flashing... some russian satellite gone missing, did the americans shoot it down to win the weaponisation of space race or just prevent russia the opportunity to spy from above

Russia's top military and space official launched a search Tuesday for a missing military satellite that apparently was put into the wrong orbit shortly after its launch. The Russian defence ministry confirmed that it had lost sight of the craft -- a dual-use vessel that can draw a three-dimensional map of the Earth and locate the precise positions of various targets. The incident came just a month after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked two top space officials for a similar setback and delivered another humiliating blow to Russia's much-maligned space industry. The seriousness of the situation was underscored late Tuesday by reports that the defence ministry had set up an urgent joint task force with the Russia's space agency to look for the missing craft. The Geo-IK-2 satellite was created in Russia to help the military survey land and create a detailed three-dimensional map of the Earth. It was designed to spin in a circular orbit 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) above ground. But news reports said that the satellite had been put in an an elliptical orbit whose lowest point brought it to within 330 kilometres of Earth. "We have still not been able to establish contact with the craft, and it looks like most likely, it will be declared lost," a Russian space source said. "The spacecraft will not be able to perform its intended functions at these orbit characteristics," another space official told the news agency. Reports pointed the initial blame for the failure on the satellite's Briz-KM upper stage rocket. The satellite's launch had already been delayed from December because of technical malfunctions that were detected at its northern Russian launch site in Plesetsk. Tuesday's malfunction came less than five weeks after Medvedev fired two top space officials and reprimanded the space agency chief for a launch failure caused Russia to delay the deployment of its own navigation system. Russia's Proton-M rocket had on that occasion proven too heavy to reach its initial orbit and had been forced to dump its three high-tech Glonass-M satellites near the Hawaii Islands. Investigators said that accident was caused by a basic fuel miscalculation that made the craft too heavy to reach its required height. The three Glonass satellites would have completed a system whose research had been started by the Soviet Union in 1976.

edit on 1-2-2011 by Vandalour because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 01:38 PM
Oh Great!

Its possible That a Satellite sent onto the wrong orbit could Knock Others off the grid.

posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 04:31 PM
Missing satelite crashed.Hey guys look at this topic! they are really missing a satellite! It crashed into the Atlantic seas.

edit on 1-2-2011 by indunedain because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 04:33 PM
reply to post by Vandalour

I'd better put my hard hat on then.....

I'm surprized they noticed with all the others flying around up there !!

Also, How MUCH damage would a crashing satellite cause by impact? would it totally burn up or make it to the ground ?

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posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 03:57 AM
reply to post by PurpleDog UK

it could hit the ground and if it did the bigger problem would be the power units (probably nuclear batteries). these would cause contamination if damaged coming in and impacting the ground. hopefully it will splashdown and become a fish attraction.

posted on Feb, 4 2011 @ 07:51 AM
They should have copied us and made a space tug:

something like the Peewee Tug could have found their lost satellite quick and pushed it into proper orbit.

I've seen those in space. Our daughter spotted it going across the night sky and we thought it was a satellite until it did a 90 degree turn at high speed. Got to be ours....

Maybe we pushed their hunk of junk out of orbit?

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