Affects the image: experts commented on the unsuccessful launch of «Meteor-M»

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Launched on the morning of 28 November by a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur East satellite «meteor-M», as described in the «Roskosmos», has not escaped from prison. Experts, analyzing the information, called the probable cause of the failure, and also spoke about possible image consequences for Russia.

The upper stage «Fregat» and «meteor-M» has been withdrawn to a predetermined intermediate height, however, during the first scheduled communication session with the spacecraft failed to make contact.

«Meteor-M» №2-1 is the third satellite of the space groups «meteor-3M», which is designed for emergency monitoring, climate monitoring and weather forecasting. Also the satellites of this series allow for the assessment of conditions for flight aircraft.

As a secondary payload on orbit was also sent to 18 small satellites from Norway, Canada, Japan, USA, Germany and Sweden.

This launch was the second in the history of the cosmodrome East.

Space debris

Before in Roscosmos told about the loss of communication with the satellite «meteor-M», a source in the space industry shared their concerns about an emergency situation. He noted that the problem could arise between the separation from the third stage and the first inclusion.

«In that case, the fall could happen in the ocean around Antarctica,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

Another source in the space industry, in turn, after the message of «Rosatom» noted that «meteor-M» and 18 micro-satellites can be considered lost. In his view, all machines will be unavailable for use. He also suggested that they constitute space debris, the location of which will be revealed in the near future.

«Even if the first burn of the upper stage took place as scheduled, the height at which it occurred, is not enough to divesti apparatuses into the calculated orbit,» he added.

He also noted that the presence of satellites with the «Frigate» in low orbit only leads to clogging of outer space.

«It impossible to save them,» stated the source.

A variant in which the failure could occur because the upper stage «Fregat», commented in turn, the employee of Institute of space research Nathan Eismont.

In his opinion, the accident with the «Frigate» is very rare. He also urged not to make premature conclusions and to wait for specific details.

«With the upper stage «Fregat» accidents are so rare that this is hard to remember. Fregat is an extremely reliable fourth degree, was for more than fifteen launches, it launches the European Galileo satellites — those that are part of the European navigation system. Therefore, it is surprising that the airports don’t seem to work. Apparently, for some reason does not turn on the engine.

Most likely, the reason. Unfortunate that it happened when starting from the East. Can the polygon to influence? Possible, but very indirectly. Where someone made a mistake — this is now we can only guess. The question still is whether there’s something in orbit or not. While there is no confirmation of whether the first inclusion of the «Frigate». Therefore, it is necessary to wait for the details,» said Natan Eismont.

However, according to the expert, Russia’s position in the market of commercial launches would not necessarily be shattered.

«I can’t say that it will drastically worsen the position of Russia,» said Zheleznyakov.

In addition, according to the opinion of the Director of the Ussuri astrophysical Observatory, far East branch of Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Kornienko, the failure with «Meteor-M» will not affect the December launch.

The expert stressed that the loss of connection happens a lot, and this can hide a multitude of reasons. However, with a missile or stairs was not a problem.

«Just a little patience»

In the Kremlin informed of the emergency situation during the launch from the East, but are awaiting details. This told the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

«I have no information, I don’t think there’s detailed info about what exactly happened, why. So while I would not hurry, even a little bit would be typed patience. In any case, we are waiting for information from the relevant departments in the first place, of course, from state Corporation «Roscosmos», — said Peskov.

Regarding the likely conclusions that can follow the failed launch, the press Secretary of the President stated that no such information.

Risks insured

Affects the image: experts commented on the unsuccessful launch of «Meteor-M»© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable in fotosannette situation with the Russian spacecraft in the 2014-2017 godorecci at startup and flight tests of the satellite «meteor-M» is insured by four Russian insurers, reported the press service of «SOGAZ».

The company noted that the fate of the satellite is not known, so it is premature to speculate on specific actions.

«We will find out the circumstances of the situation, and if the information about the insured event disseminated by the media, is confirmed, we will perform all its obligations under the coinsurance agreement,» — said in the «SOGAZ».Affects the image: experts commented on the unsuccessful launch of «Meteor-M»© Integratiecentrum East