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ARKHANGELSK, Russia – A Russian military communications satellite crashed in Siberia on Friday shortly after launch, the Interfax news agency reported.
The Meridian-series communication satellite was launched aboard a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket earlier Friday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome based at Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, RIA Novosti reported.
"Early information suggests that the Soyuz-2 suffered a malfunction during the third stage and the satellite came down in Siberia,” a source told the news agency. “The exact site is currently being established."
The satellite was designed to provide communication between ships, planes and coastal stations on the ground. It reportedly failed to reach orbit and crashed in Siberia.
The incident caps a difficult 12 months for Russia's space program. Three Glonass navigation system satellites launched in December last year veered off course and crashed into the Pacific Ocean, Reuters reported, costing Moscow around $160 million and setting back the program to develop a rival to the U.S. GPS.
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Originally posted by mastercanto
And precisely when the shuttle program is gone... interesting timing...
and they risk flying astronauts with them? I wouldn´t unless I know for sure is safe...
Originally posted by Skewed
Too many parts, too many variables something can and will always go wrong.
US weapons 'full of fake Chinese parts'
Thousands of United States' warplanes, ships and missiles contain fake electronic components from China, leaving them open to malfunction, according to a US Senate committee.
Russia is essentially no longer a sovereign country since they can't get assets into Space so their military can be used.
None of the luanches that have Astronauts aboard have any problems, only the others... seems strange...