Russia: Soyuz fails to reach orbit after blast off for five-year mission

A Soyuz-2.1b rocket failed to reach orbiting altitude having taken off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a facility in Russia's Amur region on Tuesday, on what was set to be a five year mission for its on-board satellites. Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities confirmed the failure via its Twitter feed. «The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b was carried out. However, during the planned... Еще communication session with the spacecraft Meteor-M, a connection was not established due to its absence in the target orbit. The information is being analysed,» the statement read. 18 secondary payloads from companies and institutions in the United States, Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Germany were also involved with the mission, which hoped to gather imagery and data for Roshydromet, the Russian government's weather agency. General Director of ECM Space Technologies Dmitri Bogdanov had described the launch as, «a historic moment,» due to the collaborations of both the US and EU states with Russia on the mission.

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