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RUSSIAN WEATHER SATELLITE AND 18 SECONDARY PAYLOADS LOST AFTER ROCKET FAILURE

RUSSIAN WEATHER SATELLITE AND 18 SECONDARY PAYLOADS LOST AFTER ROCKET FAILURE A new Russian weather observatory and the first prototype for Telesat’s planned network of 100-plus broadband communications satellites in low Earth orbit were among 19 spacecraft lost after a Fregat rocket stage ran into trouble soon after liftoff aboard a Soyuz booster Tuesday. The Fregat rocket pack was supposed to place the 19 satellites into four different orbits Tuesday in a four-hour flight sequence following launch on a Soyuz rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new spaceport in the Amur region of Russia’s Far East.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 30)

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