[FPSPACE] Phobos-Grunt fragmenting?

Morris Jones morrisjones at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 3 22:11:41 EST 2011


According to Anatoly Zak (russianspaceweb.com), two objectsseparated from Phobos-Grunt on November 29 and 30.
Details at (Scroll down!)
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/phobos_grunt_launch.html#12_3
I wonder if this represents the jettison of fuel tanks or other partsthat are meant to fly off. Or it could be a structural issue with thespacecraft. As far as we know, the spacecraft is not rotating, soI do not think torque could be an issue. I also don't think this couldbe frozen fuel chunks. 
Morris JonesSydney



 		 	   		  
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