The expert confirmed the fall of the block «the Frigate» in the North Atlantic

© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable in photobackpack of the carrier rocket Soyuz 2.1 b with the spacecraft meteor No. 2-1 from the cosmodrome East. 28 Nov 2017The expert confirmed the fall of the block «the Frigate» in the North Atlantic© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable the image Bank

The message the pilot of one of the airlines about the incident over the North Atlantic fireball confirms the hypothesis that the upper stage «Fregat» with 19 satellites fell into the ocean, said RIA Novosti member of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics named after Tsiolkovsky Alexander Zheleznyakov.

Informed the pilot of the foreign aircraft flying over the North Atlantic around Iceland, wrote on one of the specialized sites, they saw a bright fireball 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». The ball crashed into thousands of burning objects», — stated in the message.

«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. In addition, neither NORAD (the joint command aerospace defense of North America), or our detection during the day and has not fixed the appearance on the orbit of Russian upper stage with the satellites,» said Zheleznyakov.

According to the expert, «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.

The main payload of the launch was Russian spacecraft «meteor-M» №2-1. In the form of secondary payloads into orbit together on the «Union» was sent to 18 small satellites from different countries, including «Baumanets-2» (Russia), LEO Vantage (Canada), AISSat-W (Norway), IDEA (Japan). It is also planned to bring the SEAM satellites (Sweden), two devices Landmapper-BC (USA), 10 satellites LEMUR (USA) and D-Star One (Germany).

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