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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:26 AM

Russian Zenit rocket with US satellite fails at launch

Source: BBC

A Russian rocket carrying a US-made communications satellite has plunged into the Pacific Ocean shortly after its launch, Russian media report.

The Zenit-3SL rocket was launched from a floating site in the ocean just before 07:00 GMT on Friday.

Sources in the Russian space industry said the rocket had strayed from its trajectory immediately after lift-off, causing the engine to cut out.

The Intelsat-27 satellite was designed to have a working life of 15 years.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21289734



http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/intelsat-27.htm

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Bosonic Feb 2013 OP
AtheistCrusader Feb 2013 #1
PuffedMica Feb 2013 #2
peacebird Feb 2013 #4
TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #3
triplepoint Feb 2013 #5
truthisfreedom Feb 2013 #6
triplepoint Feb 2013 #7

Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:13 AM

1. That was expensive.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:17 AM

2. Meanwhile the Florida space coast is desolate

The only action going on at Cape Canaveral these days are Disney Cruise ships and people getting sun tans on the beach. The United States invested millions of dollars into our space port, but we choose to let it sit idle and hire the Russians to lose our satellites for us.

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Response to PuffedMica (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:22 AM

4. It was a truly foolish idea to put all our eggs in the space shuttle basket. We have lost a lot

and now must rely on others to launch our birds.....

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:44 AM

3. Did they check the batteries?

After all, Boeing is involved.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:40 AM

5. Straying from Trajectory Huh?

 

Don't think that's why the engine quit. Russian rocketry is simply unreliable and old. Those two go together. Sure wouldn't want to risk my life and ride aboard a Russian spacecrap to the International Space Station or anywhere else.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:37 PM

6. I wonder if they went with the Russians because they're cheaper than SpaceX?

Elon Musk has had some pretty spectacular successes lately.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:13 PM

7. Probably So

 

Elon Musk's SpaceX has the launch vehicle contract at Vandenberg Air Force Base for polar orbit-bound U.S. "govt. satellites." I believe SpaceX has the same gig for equatorial orbit-bound, U.S. satellites launched out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Russians may be cheaper on the price, but unreliable on attaining mission objective. They completely failed the Contact! organization (Ann Druyan's organization) when they attempted to submarine launch ("SLBM") a solar sailing vehicle awhile back. They still have the ISS ("International Space Station") resupply and "progress" (docking with and then boost-pushing the ISS into a higher orbit) contract . They use their "Proton" rocket for that mission. Not sure if they'll be doing that much longer, as SpaceX et al may be taking over the ISS resupply and progress mission. NASA very likely still has capability to put satellites into Earth orbit. I know the U.S. Air Force does. So, it stands to reason that NASA still does as well. Might all be about the bottom line cost that determines who gets the launch contract.

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