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Launched from the “Eastern” satellite did not reach the target orbit

The source of RIA Novosti suggested that the satellite could fall into the ocean in the Antarctic region.

Launch vehicle “Soyuz-2.1b” during launch at the spaceport “Vostochny”. Photo by Yuri Smituk, TASS

The Meteor-M satellite, launched from the Vostochny launch site on the morning of November 28, did not enter the target orbit, Roskosmos reported .

As a result of the work of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle, the head unit in the Fregat upper stage and the Meteor-M spacecraft was launched to a specified intermediate orbit. However, during the first planned communication session with the spacecraft, it was not possible to establish a connection due to its absence in the target orbit. Currently, the information is being analyzed.


Earlier, Interfax, referring to the source, said that when launching, there could be problems in the Fregat overclocking unit – the satellite did not communicate after two hours after the launch. The source of RIA Novosti suggested that the satellite could fall into the ocean in the Antarctic region.

On the morning of November 28, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Vostochny launch site with the Russian remote sensing satellite (Earth remote sensing satellite) Meteor-M No. 2-1 and a group of small spacecraft. Roskosmos claimed that the launch was in normal mode.

This was the second launch from the “Eastern”. The first was held on April 28, 2016, it was preceded by an unsuccessful attempt on April 27. The start was postponed the next day due to malfunctions in the control system detected by the automation one and a half minutes before the launch.

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