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Published: July 24

 

The Russian mission control lost its ability to send commands to a newly launched scientific capsule, possibly leaving it stranded in space.

On Thursday (July 24), the Izvestiya daily quoted a source at the Russian space agency, Roskosmos, saying that the Foton-M4 spacecraft had stopped receiving commands from the ground soon after reaching orbit, even though it kept sending back its telemetry. The situation still left hopes for restoring full communications, however the scientific program onboard the spacecraft could be left unfulfilled, the Izvestiya's source said.

Several hours after this publication, Roskosmos issued a statement saying that the Foton-M4 had entered orbit as planned and, according to its flight program, it had conducted turning on and off all systems, had established necessary attitude control and had initiated some of the scientific experiments. All its onboard systems had functioned properly. At the same time, after several orbits, communications between the ground control complex and the spacecraft via the command-issuing channel had been interrupted, the statement read. The telemetry on the functioning of all systems onboard the spacecraft had continued coming and had been processed and analyzed. This analysis showed that all service systems onboard the satellite had functioned exactly according to the logic of the onboard flight control system, Roskosmos said.

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Problems with next Russian ISS module go from bad to worse

NASA limits cooperation with Russia

 

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Soyuz-TMA-10M lands

Russia works on a new-generation space module

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

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Crimean "silver lining" for Russian communications satellites

 

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Academy of Sciences kills Karat project

Russian X-ray observatory to fly in 2016

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ExoMars to pave the way for soil sample return

ExoMars-2016 core module completed

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Angara-5 to replace Proton

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