[FPSPACE] another Russian launch failure?

Nicolas PILLET nikolai39 at hotmail.fr
Fri Dec 23 12:08:47 EST 2011


It was the eight mission of RD-0124.

http://www.kosmonavtika.com/lanceurs/soyouz/liste/14A14-1b.html

Nicolas

From: bhen at telenet.be
To: FPSPACE at friends-partners.org
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:51:33 +0100
Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] another Russian launch failure?



Re: [FPSPACE] another Russian launch failure?Indications are now that the third stage engine shut down at T+421 seconds.  In other words, it was not a core stage/3rd stage separation problem as initially reported. The Soyuz-2 1B rocket used today uses the RD-0124 engine in its third stage. This is the first failure of that  engine, which today saw its sixth mission. Other versions of the Soyuz rocket (Soyuz-U, Soyuz-FG, Soyuz-2 1A)  use the older RD-0110 engine, so the impact on upcoming launches may not be that big.  Progress uses the Soyuz-U and Soyuz uses the Soyuz-FG. The Globalstar launch set for 28 December uses the Soyuz-2 1A, but officials may still want to delay that launch to be on the safe side. Bart Hendrickx   From: fpspace-bounces at www.friends-partners.org [mailto:fpspace-bounces at www.friends-partners.org] On Behalf Of James E Oberg
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Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] another Russian launch failure? TASS at 1401 gmt quoted a source [but not any official statements], “Judging by preliminary information, the launch vehicle had a failure before the orbiting unit could separate from its third stage.” As Bart suggested, this raises the VERY disturbing possibility that the last two Soyuz crew launches just got lucky. No virus found in this message.
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