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Russian Upper Stage Fires In The Wrong Direction and Splashes Its Payload

By Keith Cowing
November 28, 2017
Russian Upper Stage Fires In The Wrong Direction and Splashes Its Payload

The reason for the unsuccessful launch of “Meteor-M” was called the human factor, Interfax (Google Translate)
“The reason for the Meteor-M satellite accident after launching from the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amurskaya region could be the human factor, a source in the rocket and space industry told Interfax. “According to preliminary data, there was an error in the flight task of the carrier rocket and the Fregat booster block, as a result of which the first impulse was issued in the wrong orientation, so the upper stage together with the satellite entered the atmosphere and fell into the Atlantic Ocean “, the source said.”

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