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Top Russian Space Official Resigns After Proton-M Rocket Failure
2012-08-17 08:26:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ten days after a Russian space rocket failed to put two communication satellites into orbit, the head of the company in charge of building the particular rocket handed his resignation. The move also came just one day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reprimanded space officials for the failed rocket/satellite launch, according to a government source. The source said that the resignation of Vladimir Nesterov, 63, head of...

Russian Proton-M Rocket Suffers Booster Failure, Two Satellites Lost
2012-08-08 10:19:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russian space agency Roscosmos has been dealt another major blow to its faltering space program after a Monday launch of its Proton-M rocket failed to lift two satellites into orbit. The Telkom 3 satellite, belonging to PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, and a Russian satellite -- Russian Express MD2 -- failed to reach orbit after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Monday night, due to a malfunction of the Briz-M booster...

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2011-08-19 07:35:12

Russia said on Thursday that it has lost track of a $265-million telecommunications satellite. The Express AM-4 satellite launched late on Wednesday aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Russia-leased launchpad in Kazakhstan. The space agency said the first stages of the launch went smoothly, but communication with the satellite was lost after a failure of the Briz-M upper stage. The Russian space agency said experts were working to try and re-establish contact with the satellite....

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2011-02-02 08:15:00

The Russian Defence Ministry launched a search Tuesday to look for a missing military satellite that was possibly put into the wrong orbit after its launch. However, sources in the Russian rocket-space industry told Itar-Tass on Wednesday morning that "the first signal was received from the satellite." The craft -- a dual-vessel called Geo-IK-2 that can draw a 3D map of the Earth and locate precise positions of various targets -- was confirmed as lost by Russia's top space and military...

2009-05-16 15:20:16

A Proton-M rocket carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite was launched from the Baikonur space center Saturday, the Russian space agency said. The launch of the Proton-M rocket fitted with a Breeze-M booster and carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite went ahead at the scheduled time, a Roscosmos spokesperson was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. The Russian news service said the Proton-M rocket launch is the fourth this year carried out by International Launch Services...

2008-09-22 09:30:00

Russian rocket sends Canadian satellite into space MOSCOW, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russia launched a Proton-M space vehicle early Saturday to send a Canadian communication satellite into orbit, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The carrier was launched at 01:48 Moscow time (2148 GMT) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, said Alexander Bobrenev, Press Secretary of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. The rocket was scheduled to orbit the Canadian satellite on...

2008-09-08 18:00:06

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti Moscow, 8 September: The launch of the Rokot Russian rocket with the GOCE satellite, the first European satellite designed to measure the Earth's gravitation field and study the circulation of water in the World Ocean, was to take place on 10 September but has been postponed indefinitely for technical reasons, Lt-Col Aleksey Zolotukhin, aide to the commander of the Russian Space Troops for information, told RIA-Novosti on Monday...

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2008-09-04 10:10:00

As preparations for the launch of GOCE on 10 September continue on schedule, an important milestone has just been achieved as engineers at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia say farewell to the satellite as it is encapsulated in the two half-shells of the launcher's fairing. Now sealing the slender five-meter long GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) spacecraft from view, the protective fairing will not be opened again until around three minutes after...

2008-08-30 09:00:50

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baykonur [Kazakhstan], 28 August: It is planned to launch six Proton booster rockets from the Baykonur space centre before the end of 2008, Interfax was informed by a source at the centre on Thursday [28 August]. According to the agency's informant, three of the forthcoming Proton launches would carry Russian payloads, and three would carry commercial telecommunications satellites. In September, it is...


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