[FPSPACE] another Russian launch failure?

Bart Hendrickx bhen at telenet.be
Fri Dec 23 08:10:31 EST 2011


According to a post on the Novosti kosmonavtiki forum today's launch of a
Meridian communications satellite with a Soyuz-2 1B rocket from Plesetsk has
ended in failure. The third stage reportedly failed to separate from the
core stage. 

 <http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=12118&start=30>
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=12118&start=30

 

If confirmed, this failure could impact the upcoming launch of six
Globalstar launches from Baikonur on 28 December. It would probably also
have caused a delay of the Soyuz TMA-03M launch had it occurred prior to
that. Although the three launches involve three different types of Soyuz
rockets (Soyuz-FG for Soyuz, Soyuz -2 1B for Meridian and Soyuz-2 1A for
Globalstar), the core stage/3rd stage separation is probably identical.

 

Bart Hendrickx 

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