Rocket with 19 satellites launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome fell into Atlantic ocean

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According to RIA Novosti, citing a source in Russian space industry, the head part of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket with 19 satellites could have fallen in the ocean near the Antarctic.

“Since there is still no confirmation of putting of the main load – the satellite Meteor – into the orbit, I admit that an abnormal situation could have happened after the separation of the third stage. In this case, the fall could occur in the ocean in the Antarctic region,” the spokesman said.

Earlier on November 28th, the source of Interfax reported the lack of telemetry from the Meteor-M satellite. In his opinion, “there could be problems at the stage of sending one of the two impulses by the propulsion system.”

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket with the Fregat upper stage and a payload (the 3-ton meteorological satellite Meteor-M and 18 small satellites) started on November 28 at 08:41 Moscow time.

Vostochny Cosmodrome is the first Russian civilian spaceport, located in the Amur region in the Far East. Its construction began in 2012, and was accompanied by scandals related to large scale thefts and mass strikes, including workers’ hunger strikes due to salary delays.

Source: Lenta.Ru