Saturday, December 24, 2011

Russian Communications satellite crashes to Earth after launch - 23rd Dec 2011

The reputation of Russia’s space industry took yet another hit today after a communications satellite fell to the ground soon after it was launched.

The Meridian satellite, which can have both military and civilian use, did not reach its orbit and fell to the ground near the city of Tobolsk in Siberia, about 1400 miles from Moscow, according to Russian news agencies.

The sources blamed the accident on the carrier rocket's failure. A source in the space industry told Interfax news agency the Meridian failure could delay the launch of the Progress cargo craft, due in January.

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