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Missing Russian Satellite put in wrong orbit

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posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 10:50 PM
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From RSOE EDIS - 02/01/2011


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.


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posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 11:11 PM
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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.


Those scientists really need to lay off the Vodka! hahah


Boris: "Hey Dimitri, you sure you know what you doing?"
Dimitri: "Yes Boris."
Boris: "Do you think it is a good idea to have a bottle of Stolichnaya before we launch the satellite into orbit?"
Dimitri: "Why not? No one will ever know
"



posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 11:11 PM
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someone is going to get a big smack on the bum!
russian style kinky!



posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 11:20 PM
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That's a really ignorant thing to say. The US has made a lot mistakes in space launches too.



posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 11:35 PM
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I think maybe we're overlooking an important line in the story here:




....a dual-use vessel that can draw a three-dimensional map of the Earth and locate the precise positions of various targets.



posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 11:39 PM
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Originally posted by FalselyFlagged
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That's a really ignorant thing to say. The US has made a lot mistakes in space launches too.


I believe Skywatcher was being facetious... Just replace Dimitri with Bubba, Boris with Jethro and vodka with beer and whiskey and you can bounce the stereo-type humor towards the US



What? I'm just sayin...

OK...back to the OP.



posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 12:30 AM
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Okay...will post this here too


Ooops. Didn't see this thread.

Gulp. How the bleep does someone "put a satellite into the wrong orbit?"

This could be disturbing on quite a number of levels. As in, did they really lose it or is iit a trick? Is it in a decaying orbit? Did someone shoot it down or capture it?

I hope the people who know all about re-entry and burn and decayed orbits get here soon to tell us what could happen if it really just got away from them.



posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 12:31 AM
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