Running East with 19 satellites has fallen into the ocean, the source said

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontovaya in fotomonster of the carrier rocket Soyuz 2.1 b with the spacecraft meteor No. 2-1 from the cosmodrome East. 28 Nov 2017Running East with 19 satellites has fallen into the ocean, the source said© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontovaya the image Bank

Nineteen satellites launched from the Vostochny space centre, has already fallen into the ocean, told RIA Novosti source in the space industry. He added that, most likely, in the Atlantic.

Official confirmation of this information from RIA Novosti yet.

Tuesday with Eastern launched rocket «Soyuz-2.1 b» with hydro meteorological satellite «meteor-M» №2-1 and 18 spacecraft payloads.

Its flight is controlled, the crews of the ground controls of the VCS.

The release of «Meteor» into the calculated orbit height 825,5 kilometers was to be held at 9:42 GMT, after which he had to start sending telemetry, but the satellite was not released into the target orbit.

Later the source in the space industry said that the next launch from the East, planned for December 22, can be transferred to next year.

According to him, yesterday’s setback will require careful checks of the upper stage «Fregat». Most likely, the source said, «Frigate» will return to the manufacturer, NPO Lavochkin.

«The investigation will take time, more is the testing and possible improvements. Before year-end unlikely. Therefore, with high probability, this start from the East will take place in 2018», — said the Agency interlocutor.

Investigation of the causes

After a bad start in the Russian space Agency formed a state Commission that will investigate the causes of the failure to launch 19 satellites.

As stated by the honored military pilot of Russia, candidate of technical Sciences Vladimir Popov, the emergency Commission is working quite well.

«But as long as you declare something is impractical because the case is still not brought to an end,» he said.

According to Popov, the telemetry was normal — claims to the rocket, the engines will not.

«Further, when the disclosure and the separation of the satellite from the upper stage from the third stage is about two minutes, about which full information is not», — concluded the expert.

«Bright fireball»

Informed the pilot of the foreign aircraft flying over the North Atlantic around Iceland, wrote that he saw a bright ball of fire, disintegrated into thousands of burning fragments.

«It passed right over us around N50W035, around 06.00 UTC. Unfortunately, my iPad didn’t take the good pictures. There were many pilots who saw it, because we all started talking about it at the frequency of «air-air», — said the pilot.

Academician of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics named after Tsiolkovsky Alexander Zheleznyakov believes that the message of the pilot confirms the hypothesis that the upper stage «Fregat» with 19 satellites fell into the ocean.

«Most likely, it was just a «Frigate» with the satellites, although it is possible that this was the third stage of the launch vehicle: it could enter the atmosphere around the area and burn», he said.

The expert noted that neither NORAD (the joint command aerospace defense of North America) or the Russian means of detecting for the day and did not record the appearance on the orbit of the upper stage with the satellites.

According to the academician, «this means that in space it’s just not as Americans are usually very promptly post such information on specialized sites».

«Frigate» fell into the ocean and find it is no longer possible,» said Zheleznyakov.

He also said that the failure of the «Union» damages the image of Russia as a supplier of services in the field of commercial space launches.

Fragments found

On Wednesday in Tynda district of the Amur region have already found three fragments the first stage of the carrier rocket «Soyuz-2.1 b».

«The search was conducted from the helicopter specialists of Roskosmos. Now clears the ground to cut the fragments into parts and then export, they will be transported to Tsiolkovsky», — told RIA Novosti the head of the neighboring the Zeya district of the Andrew lozhechkin.

The reaction in the Kremlin

Vladimir Putin has already told about the emergency during launch from Vostochny.

«I would not now go into details,» — said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.

On Tuesday, the Kremlin said that waiting for information about the situation, so do not rush to conclusions.

Running East with 19 satellites has fallen into the ocean, the source said© Integratiecentrum East