Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit

Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit

VOSTOCHNY - Agence France-Presse
Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit

The Russian space agency says that a weather satellite has failed to enter a designated orbit following its launch, another blow to the nation’s space program.

Roscosmos says it has failed to establish communications with the Meteor M 2-1 satellite that was launched atop a Soyuz-2 booster rocket on Nov. 28 from Russia’s new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. The agency says it’s trying to determine what happened.

Russian news agencies reported the likely cause was the failure of the booster’s final stage, the Fregat. The booster also carried 18 micro satellites built in Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

The glitch follows other failed launches in recent years that tarnished the reputation of Russian space industries. Some of the glitches were traced to manufacturing flaws.

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