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Investigators to probe Soyuz failure with Galileo satellites

Published: Aug. 21; updated: Aug. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

 

Russian space officials will convene Monday to review data from the Soyuz rocket launch that left a pair of European navigation satellites in a wrong orbit Friday.

A Soyuz-ST-B rocket lifted off as scheduled from the ELS launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana on August 22, 2014, at 16:27:11 Moscow Time (8:27 a.m. EDT, 12:27 GMT, 9:27 a.m. local time). The launch vehicle carried two 730-kilogam Galileo FOC M1 satellites, where FOC stands for the Full Operational Capacity.

The launch seemed to be flawless, however at the end of the day on Friday, Arianespace, which managed the mission, announced that "complementary observations gathered after separation of the Galileo FOC M1 satellites on Soyuz Flight VS09 have highlighted a discrepancy between targeted and reached orbit. Investigations are underway. More information will be provided after a first flight data analysis to be completed on August 23, 2014."

Radar observations showed that three objects from the launch were in a 13,720 by 25,920-kilometer orbit with an inclination 49.7 degrees toward the Equator.

Galileo FOC M1 No. 5 and No. 6 satellites (a.k.a. Doresa and Milena) were the first of 22 operational satellites scheduled to be inserted into a 23,522-kilometer orbit with an inclination 55.04 degrees toward the Equator.

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Russian Moon missions face three-year delay

Foton-M4 to fly its entire mission

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