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Russia loses contact with biggest satellite

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Aug 19th, 2011 at 5:36am  
Serious setback in the news.

In a blow to national pride, Roskosmos, Russia's equivalent to NASA, said it was trying to locate the Express-AM4 communications satellite that was meant to deliver more modern phone, TV and internet services across the world's largest country.

The satellite blast off from the Soviet-era Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the early hours of Thursday morning atop a Proton-M rocket but appears to have suffered a critical failure when its upper segment was in the process of separating from its earlier booster stages.

The giant satellite was insured for the equivalent of about 160 million but its loss is the latest in a string of embarrassing failures and casts a pall over Russia's commercially lucrative satellite launch industry at a time when it is trying to drum up more business.


What's happening to Russia? They've been having quite a number of setbacks and failures, and in front of the global stage. Sad Hopefully, Roskomos' investigation will at least be investigated.

I have a question though, can they still salvage the satellite?
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Reply #1 - Aug 23rd, 2011 at 6:00am  
They found the satellite! It's in the wrong orbit!

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