Updated: Rocket booster behind Russia’s space launch failure

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Uncategorized
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An add from Space News:

This will delay Russia’s goal of having the Glonass constellation on with GPS system by late 2011.

Russian authorities and Khrunichev in the past have been able to recover from Proton failures much more quickly than their U.S., European and Japanese counterparts…

Roskosmos and Khrunichev were not immediately clear on whether the anomaly originated in the Block DM stage, one of the three lower stages or with the rocket’s avionics or computer system.

…the failure may have an effect on the schedule of International Launch Services (ILS) of McLean, Va., which is owned by Khrunichev and handles Proton commercial launches.

ILS had been preparing for its eighth and final launch scheduled for 2010, of the large Ka-Sat consumer broadband satellite owned by Eutelsat of Paris. The launch had been scheduled for Dec. 20.

Space: all it takes is time and money.

Original follows:

Russia’s Sunday launch of three Glonass-M navigation satellites has apparently failed.

From the English language version of Xinhunet.com:

The three satellites, which were launched Sunday from Kazakh Baikonur space center, failed to enter their designated orbit and crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii Islands after falling off course.

“The satellites themselves have nothing to do with this failure,” said (Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei) Ivanov, who is in charge of the creation of the Glonass global navigation system project.

Earlier, the experts said that the engines of the Proton-M has worked properly and the reason behind failure was mathematical miscalculation of the orbit’s parameters.

The 26 satellites currently in orbit and two more spare satellites are capable of securing the signals to cover the Russian territory, a defense official said Sunday.

The Sunday launch was the 11th Proton launch of this year. The previous ten launches, including two that positioned Glonass navigation satellites, were successful.

Well, if two outta three ain’t bad, ten of eleven is pretty good.  But eleven of eleven is much better.  And 70 or so in a row is really great.

  1. […] failures anomalies issues? Fairly recent examples include AEHF-1; Eutelsat W3B; the Glonass launch failure; SkyTerra 1 (resolved); and others.  More recent examples include ViaSat-1 delays and Telstar […]

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