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Russian Booster Rocket Fails to Deliver Satellites
NY Times ^ | ANNA KORDUNSKY

Posted on 08/07/2012 10:41:17 PM PDT by neverdem

MOSCOW — A Russian booster rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites malfunctioned during a launching early Tuesday, failing to deliver the satellites into their proper orbit and rendering them useless and unsalvageable.

The mishap was another blow to Russia’s space program, which has been plagued by malfunctions, crashes and failed launchings. The failure was particularly glaring because it came just hours after NASA’s successful landing of a research probe on Mars.

Acknowledging the starkly different outcomes, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri O. Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s military industry, suggested in a Twitter post that the national space agency, Roscosmos, was struggling because of aging leadership. “As long as the youngest Roscosmos director is 62, we can only dream of Mars rovers,” Mr. Rogozin said.

The cause of the failure is under investigation, officials said.

The satellites, worth about $45 million, were intended to provide telecommunications services for Indonesian and Russian customers. They were carried by a Proton rocket, with a Briz-M booster, launched from Russia’s Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

During the launching, the Briz-M booster activated as scheduled but switched off after only seven seconds instead of the more than 18 minutes needed to propel the satellites into the proper orbit, Roscosmos said in a statement.

The booster and the two satellites have “not been detected on the transition orbit,” the space agency said, but rather “from the interim emergency orbit,” indicating a failure.

A Roscosmos spokesman said that space experts worldwide would monitor the lost satellites and that at least for the moment, they posed no danger to the International Space Station. “We have many years of successful experience in ensuring the safety of the station,” the spokesman said.

A similar malfunction with the Briz-M booster last August resulted in the loss of another communications satellite, which floated in...

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia; Technical
KEYWORDS: brizm; brizmboosterm

1 posted on 08/07/2012 10:41:27 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

They should sell it to Iran.


2 posted on 08/07/2012 10:52:23 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Islam is an ideology. It is NOT a religion.)
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To: neverdem
Acknowledging the starkly different outcomes, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri O. Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s military industry, suggested in a Twitter post that the national space agency, Roscosmos, was struggling because of aging leadership. “As long as the youngest Roscosmos director is 62, we can only dream of Mars rovers,” Mr. Rogozin said.

As a sixty three year old, I resemble that inclination. And, as a sixty three year old, I would hope that the engineering staff was a lot younger. Are they? Or maybe it's nothing to do with age, but rather with institutional vitality based on freedom of thought and action, which is absolutely necessary for the motivation, and even the ability, to succeed.

3 posted on 08/07/2012 10:53:23 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: neverdem

They must be using parts made in China.


4 posted on 08/07/2012 11:09:00 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: taxesareforever; SunkenCiv; All

Pretty gutsy statement by Mr. Rogozin. Wonder how Putin feels about such honesty? SC - Of interest to science ping??


5 posted on 08/07/2012 11:14:21 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: dr_lew; Jyotishi
During the launching, the Briz-M booster activated as scheduled but switched off after only seven seconds instead of the more than 18 minutes

This to me sounds like a safety system shutdown.

The rocket booster’s monitor computer detected an unsafe condition and shutdown the booster after 7 seconds.

This could be something like a valve that failed to fully open in its allotted time of a bad temperature sensor.

And talking about a bad sensor could be they are buying Chinese parts.

6 posted on 08/07/2012 11:24:25 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: neverdem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIrhVo1WA78


7 posted on 08/07/2012 11:31:02 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Pontiac

Mmmmm. Well, as a matter of policy, one should never gloat!


8 posted on 08/07/2012 11:39:12 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Winstons Julia

Thanks for the link, but are our American astronauts now using a Proton rocket, with a Briz-M booster when they go to the International Space Station?


9 posted on 08/07/2012 11:41:22 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Pontiac
And talking about a bad sensor could be they are buying Chinese parts.

Nah, they buy them from Walmart.
Oh, that's right, never mind :^)

10 posted on 08/07/2012 11:52:40 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: dr_lew
Well policies are for companies, organizations and governments.

So as individuals gloating okay then, right.

So let me be the first.

Ha Ha

11 posted on 08/08/2012 12:19:37 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: gleeaikin

>> Wonder how Putin feels about such honesty?

Doesn’t seem to care much for honest pussy.


12 posted on 08/08/2012 12:41:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric
How long before they kill one of our Astronauts shuttling them up to the Space Station.
13 posted on 08/08/2012 3:53:20 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: neverdem
Speaking of 'Boosters'.....
I heard from a 'good source' that Vlad Putin has 'contributed' about $1 Million Dollars to Obama's reelection campaign. And not though some PAC, but directly 'to Obama'!

Obama HAS TO ANSWER these serious charges and PROVE that Putin did NOT 'contribute'!

I bet he CAN'T!!

14 posted on 08/08/2012 4:16:04 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: dr_lew

Right. Nothing like age and experience to cause a malfunction.


15 posted on 08/08/2012 4:18:18 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dr_lew

As you get old, at last half of what you know no longer matters. Bert

Likely Russian reality:

The old men could not have possibly kept up and their vehicles while working, are relics.


16 posted on 08/08/2012 4:24:34 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Jyotishi

“They must be using parts made in China.”

Wish FR had a like button.


17 posted on 08/08/2012 4:25:56 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: DAC21

Russia’s space program, which has been plagued by malfunctions, crashes and failed launchings
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I bet that inspires confidence in the Astronauts on their taxi-cab ride to the Space Station.


18 posted on 08/08/2012 4:34:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: neverdem

NEWS FLASH: Russian scientists mysteriously disappear!


19 posted on 08/08/2012 5:07:45 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Condor51; neverdem
You capitalist people are just so unrealistic.

On the space jobs the Russkis handle for us, they only charge us $65 Million per delivery. Comrade, for that kind of chump change you don't get the new Lincoln Town Car, OK? You get the 1958 Checker with the leaky water pump. Igor will be taking care of that as soon as he gets back from dialysis. He grew up with it. He knows that Checker like the back of his hand!

Of course, in Obamanomics, this saves us a fortune as compared to maintaining our own space program, not to mention doing wonders for our Carbon Footprint.

20 posted on 08/08/2012 7:53:10 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Do not listen to Conservative Talk Radio ... until they talk to Sheriff Joe.)
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To: neverdem
A former classmate of mine worked in the Office of Soviet Analysis at the CIA for many years during the Cold War. Back in the 80s I asked him if, given what he knew about the Soviet nuclear threat, he had trouble sleeping at night. He replied matter-of-factly that, no, he slept well in part because he didn't think that many of their ICBMs would make it off the launch pad and most of those which did would land harmlessly elsewhere.
21 posted on 08/08/2012 10:14:29 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Kenny Bunk
*** You capitalist people are just so unrealistic. ~~ snip ~~ Obamanomics ... saves us a fortune ***

Yep, you're right, we're just spoiled I guess -- all that 'Success stuff', feh, who needs it. But given enough time, like in a nice Camp in Siberia, we'll all 'get' Obamanomics. Heck, we'll have to, or he'll just kill us outright.

But until then, it appears all our 'savings' from Obamanomics is driving us all into bankruptcy. And this new feeling we're supposed to have that he's pushing of: 'Whoopee! .. We're Poor Now!', is a bit hard to grasp. (LOL)

BTW - I think I know why you never got that Global Warming *back home* you were looking for. You were at the same Latitude at Green Bay, Wisconsin :-)

22 posted on 08/08/2012 12:22:42 PM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: gleeaikin; KevinDavis

“The mishap was another blow to Russia’s space program...”

There wouldn’t be a Russian space program any longer if it weren’t for the Demwits in Congress, who crapped all over Reagan’s Space Station Freedom idea.

Thanks neverdem and gleeaikin.


23 posted on 08/08/2012 6:27:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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